Buffon one of the greatest of all time, says Pjanic

Gianluigi Buffon is one of the “greatest players of all time” and his Juventus team-mate Miralem Pjanic is honoured to have played alongside him.

Italy legend Buffon made his final Bianconeri appearance in the 2-1 win over Verona on Saturday, having announced on Thursday that he would be calling time on his illustrious 17-year stint at the club.

And Pjanic – a key part of Juve’s double-winning season at the heart of Massimiliano Allegri’s midfield – was full of praise for the 40-year-old, who has not yet announced if he will retire altogether and has been offered terms by Paris Saint-Germain.

“Buffon is one of the greatest players of all time,” Pjanic told Mediaset Premium.

“I don’t know yet if he’s leaving football, but he is leaving his Juve. 

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“We’ll miss him so much, he is a superb person and I am honoured to have played with him.”

Pjanic netted Juve’s second in the victory at Allianz Stadium, curling home a sublime free-kick three minutes after Daniele Rugani put the hosts ahead.

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And although Alessio Cerci pulled one back for the visitors – with Stephan Lichtsteiner missing a penalty late on – the Serie A champions held firm to cap off the season in winning fashion.

“We closed this important campaign with a victory, this seventh Scudetto was the best, as everyone did something extraordinary,” Pjanic added.

“We are only missing the Champions League and I hope to win it over the next few years. Juventus are certainly building towards that.”


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