“I made my debut against Messina, when I came in for Pavel Nedved,” said the defender of his first game for Juventus, in 2005. “That was the beginning of a long story, which has brought me here. I leave with joy, I I am at peace with it. This is not a decision I made in a few days, it has been months. I can still compete at a high level, but I am now making way for young players. Juventus have to start over, it is time for the youngsters to take their responsibility. I am now going to make a decision with my family about my future.”
Chiellini started against Lazio in the starting line-up, but got a crowd change after 17 minutes. It was a reference to the number of years he played for Juventus. Chiellini was relieved by Matthijs de Ligt. After the league match, which ended in 2-2, Chiellini came onto the field with his two daughters to say goodbye to the supporters. The footballers and soccer players of Juventus formed a guard of honor for the captain.
The audience also said goodbye to Paulo Dybala. The Argentine attacker leaves Turin on a free transfer. 28-year-old Dybala, who played for ‘Juve’ for seven years, did not keep it dry. As Chiellini walked across the field laughing with one of his daughters on his neck, the crying Argentinian was comforted by teammates.