Buffon to retire unless Juventus win Champions League in 2017-18

Lawrence Cooper
October 26, 2017

The 39 year old who still holds the record as the most expensive goalkeeper told newsmen that he is "convinced" this season will be his last.

Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has announced that he will retire at the end of the current campaign, but has quoted that he would consider postponing his plans if Juventus win the Champions League this season.

Buffon also suggest he is retiring because of competition from Juve second choice Wojciech Szczesny.

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.

Manchester United star David de Gea reportedly did not receive a single vote in FIFA's Best Goalkeeper of the Year award.

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"I am a very calm person, in the sense that I am not afraid of the future and of what my life may be".

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.

"I am facing it and I will face it with the desire and enthusiasm to put myself to the test. But I think with a goalkeeper like him behind it is normal that next year I'll stand aside", he added. "One or two more years wouldn't add or take away from what I've already achieved".

"For this year I hope we can play better and with a national team and Juventus because I would like to finish with a victory".

Juventus, European champions in 1985 and 1996, have finished runners-up in the Champions League twice in the past three years. The only way would be to win the Champions League and, at that point, to try to win the Intercontinental.

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