Buffon captained Juventus this season to a seventh straight Serie A title and fourth consecutive Italian Cup. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
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Italy great Gianluigi Buffon played his final game for Juventus Saturday before tearfully exiting after a 17-year career as storm clouds gathered during a 2-1 win over already relegated Verona. Buffon – who had captained Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title and fourth consecutive Italian Cup triumph this season – took his final bow midway through the second half before rain came down and thunder rumbled over the Allianz Stadium.Juventus were two goals up thanks to Daniele Rugani after 49 minutes and Miralem Pjanic three minutes later when Buffon came off the pitch.Buffon had said before the match he did not want anything special for his final game.After winning the Italian Cup, SuperCup and UEFA Cup with Parma, Buffon went on to claim nine Serie A titles, four Italian Cups and five SuperCups with Juventus, in addition to winning the 2006 World Cup with Italy.On the pitch Alessio Cerci pulled one back for the Verona after 76 minutes, ending Juventus's bid for a record 23 games in one season without conceding a goal.
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