Buffon to Retire Next Season If Juventus Fail to Win the Champions League
Juventus great Gianluigi Buffon is “99.9 percent” certain next season will be his last in professional football.
The veteran Italy goalkeeper helped Juve to a third consecutive domestic double and the Champions League final last term.
“I’m 99.9 percent certain of retirement,” he told Sky Sport 24.
“I’m going to have one final, intense season, rich in big moments, and then it will be time to say enough is enough.”
Real Madrid inflicted Champions League final heartache on Buffon and his colleagues, and winning European football’s big prize next time around is the only thing that could convince the former Parma keeper to soldier on.
“We’ve just left one small possibility open with the president [Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli],” Buffon added.
“That is if we manage to win the Champions League I will carry on playing one more year to try to win the Club World Cup and other trophies.”