Buffon to retire unless Juventus win Champions League

Buffon helped Juventus to a sixth consecutive Serie A title and the Champions League final
Buffon helped Juventus to a sixth consecutive Serie A title and the Champions League final
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26 October, 2017

Buffon, who began his career at Parma before joining Juventus for £23m in 2001, was named goalkeeper of the year at FIFAs The Best awards on Monday, October 23.

The Serie A side have finished runners-up in the Champions League twice in the past three years.

The now 39-year-old has spent over 15-years playing for the Bianconeri, while also recording well over 150 appearances for the Italian national team.

Beating off Real Madrid's Keylor Navas and Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer, Buffon said: "I am very happy because this is a great award to win at my age".

"I want to say thanks to all the people who voted for me and I think the past year has been a fantastic season for Juventus but it wasn't enough to win in Europe", Buffon was quoted as saying. A teary-eyed Buffon while accepting the prestigious award and gave an emotional speech and said he feels great to receive such an honour at his age. I am proud of it.

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'I want to say thanks to all the people who voted for me and I think the past year has been a fantastic season for Juventus but it wasn't enough to win in Europe.

"But I think with a goalkeeper like him behind it is normal that next year I'll stand aside". "One or two more years wouldn't add or take away from what I've already achieved".

"Like with everything, I look for a reason, and the only reason [to continue] would be winning the Champions League".

"I want to end my career with a big victory".

"The only way would be to win the Champions League", he continued, adding that he would share the No. 1 role with his understudy Wojciech Szczesny at the 2018 Club World Cup, held in December.


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