Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has stated that he is all set to retire from football at the end of this season unless his club Juventus wins this year’s UEFA Champions League.
The Italian captain has claimed that he hopes to represent his nation in the upcoming FIFA World Cup set to take place in Russia in 2018. But, Buffon also has said that the only way he will be a part of next year’s World Cup is if Juventus manages to go all the way in this season’s Champions League.
However, despite having hopes of playing in next year’s World Cup, he is still not sure if Italy will book their ticket to Russia for next summer as the Gli Azzurri are yet to qualify for the tournament. Buffon’s side will face off against Sweden in the penultimate qualifying match next month.
Buffon is determined that he will postpone his retirement if the Old Lady manages to win Europe’s elite club competition at the end of this season, but, however, Juventus have lost the Champions League final twice in the last two years.
If Buffon wins this season’s UCL, then it will be his very first.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports Italia, Buffon said that this will be his last season and he is pretty convinced with the decision he has taken.
Buffon has praised Juventus’ secondary choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and believes that once he steps away from the game, the Polish goalkeeper will be more than capable of standing between the posts for Juve.
“With a goalkeeper like him [Szczesny] behind you, it’s normal that I step aside from next year,” Buffon stated.
Buffon has played for Juventus since 2001 and earlier this week he was also named as the best FIFA Mens’ Goalkeeper ahead of Keylor Navas and German International Manuel Neuer.
Buffon later added in his interview that he was happy and satisfied to receive such an award and also thanked his teammates for supporting him all the way.