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Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon pledged to QUIT football after Barcelona clash

Juventus' shot-stopper joked he'd quit football if he kept a clean sheet against the Spanish giants over two legs in the Champions League

Despite his advancing years, Gianluigi Buffon remains one of football’s most consistent goalkeepers.

It certainly feels like the 39-year-old has been around for as long as we can remember.

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But speaking to Sky Sport Italia at the weekend, Buffon revealed he pledged to QUIT football at the end of the season if he kept a clean sheet against Barcelona in the two legs of their Champions League clash earlier this month.

The veteran goalie was forced to go back on his promise after Barca failed to score against him, with Juventus winning the quarter-final tie 3-0 in Turin and securing a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou.

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He said: “I had promised to quit football at the end of the season if I kept a clean sheet against Barcelona over two legs.

“I told the President Andrea Agnelli and he said at times in life we say stupid things, not to worry and move on. So I had to take the promise back. The President has more experience than me and gave me good advice.

“Keeping a clean sheet against the Spaniards was very satisfying, because it was earned and shared with the group, with the lads in defence and all the others who ran their socks off to ensure we came away unharmed from those two games.”

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The reigning Serie A champions have made it clear they want the Italy No 1 to continue his career.

And we’re very relieved to hear that.