Buffon to retire unless Juventus win Champions League

Gianluigi Buffon wins FIFA best goalkeeper of the year award

Buffon helped Juventus win a historic sixth straight Serie A title last season but couldn't guide his side to Champions League final success against Real Madrid in Cardiff back in June.

Buffon also suggest he is retiring because of competition from Juve second choice Wojciech Szczesny. One or two years, nothing will add to my achievements. His swansong will be the World Cup finals with Italy next summer - if they can qualify by beating Sweden in next month's playoff.

The 39-year-old World Cup victor, who on Monday was named goalkeeper of the year at the FIFA Best awards, has never lifted European football's top prize in a trophy-laden career, The Independent reported.

"I want to say thanks to all the people who voted for me and I think the a year ago has been a fantastic season for Juventus but it wasn't enough to win in Europe", Buffon was quoted as saying. "More than anything, I am a serene person in that I have no fear for the future and what could be my life". "To succeed, we need even more motivation than previous year, and we're going to need those also to have a great Champions League campaign".




World Cup victor Buffon has won 10 Serie A titles, four Italian Cups and a Uefa Cup, but has never won the Champions League.

Although Buffon has consistently reached world football's greatest heights with both club and country, he feels the need to win the Champions League to properly complete his legacy. "But I think with a goalkeeper like him behind it is normal that next year I'll stand aside", he added.

Would like to finish his career with a big win. It's been 11 years since Buffon became world champion, but he lost 3 Champions League finals he played.

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