Juventus legend Leonardo Bonucci has announced he will retire from football at the end of next season.
The 36-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation and has enjoyed a very successful career with Juve.
He will be hoping to help his side win the Europa League. They are set to visit Sevilla in the second leg of the semi-final on Thursday after the reverse fixture ended 1-1.
“When I stop playing next year, it will be the end of a defensive era – a way of defending Italian style,” he told the club’s YouTube channel,
Bonucci joined Juventus in 2010 from Bari, making his debut against Irish side Shamrock Rovers in a Europa League game in August of that year.
The Italian has made an incredible 500 appearances for the Turin outfit, bagging 37 goals and ten assists.
He lifted six consecutive Serie A titles with the Old Lady (2012 – 2017) and also played in two Champions League finals.
The 36-year-old formed a legendary defensive partnership with Giorgio Chiellini at club and international level.
They achieved enormous success, with their most recent achievement coming at the 2020 European Championship when they defeated England in the final on penalties.
However, Chiellini left to join Major League Soccer side Los Angeles last summer, while Bonucci will walk away from football at the end of next season.