Gianluigi Buffon: Italy goalkeeper to retire unless Juventus win Champions League

Clyde Nash
October 26, 2017

Buffon collected the best goalkeeper award at FIFA's The Best awards ceremony on Monday, beating the likes of Manuel Neuer, Keylor Navas and David De Gea.

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

-The 39-year old has never won the trophy in his career.

"At that point, to try to win the Club World Cup, maybe Szczesny could play one game and me another", suggested Buffon, who has played 633 times for Juventus and 173 matches for Italy.

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Speaking to Sky Italia, the Juventus stalwart said that he fully intends on bowing out after representing Italy at the 2018 World Cup in June/July. 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. As a effect, playing on for one or two more years would not take anything away from or add anything to what I have already done.

"I am quite convinced of the choices I make and feel very serene about things", he told the media. I am proud of it. I think previous year was outstanding for me and for the team.

But reports say the World Cup victor, who picked up his eighth Serie A title with Juve last season, will hang up his gloves.

"The only way would be to win the Champions League".

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He wants to bid farewell to the football career with a big win.

He's leading Italy in their World Cup 2018 campaign, but has said he's "99.9 percent certain" it will be his last tournament at home or overseas.

His coach Massimiliano Allegri was beaten to The Best FIFA Coach award by Zinedine Zidane, but he hopes to be back in the running next year, since that will mean he has achieved something even greater than last season.

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