Gianluigi Buffon To Retire Unless Juventus Win Champions League
Buffon, 39-year-old is going to be Italy’s first choice goalkeeper and captain in the FIFA World Cup 2018 next summer and has decided to continue the same path he has been following since 1995 only if Juventus wins the Europe’s elite trophy.
Buffon said: “This is my last season and I’m pretty sure of the choices I make,” he said.
“One or two more years wouldn’t add or take away from what I’ve already achieved.
“The only way would be to win the Champions League. At that point, to try to win the Club World Cup, maybe (Wojciech) Szczesny could play one game and me another.
“But I think with a goalkeeper like him behind it is normal that next year I’ll stand aside,” he told Sky Italia.
The iconic Italian, who began his career at Parma before joining Juventus for £23m in 2001 was awarded FIFA’s Best Goalkeeper of the year 2016/17 and also featured in the FIFA FIFPRO World XI of the year.
Buffon was the keeper when Italy were crowned the World champions in 2006 and has also won 10 Serie A titles, four Italian Cups and a UEFA Cup , but still trying to add the Champions League trophy in his cabinet.