Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has announced his plans for retirement in an interview with Sky Italia.
The 39-year-old plans on seeing out the rest of the season with Juventus and playing in Italy’s World Cup campaign next year before calling it a day.
However, there is one scenario where the World Cup-winner would continue playing with Juventus into the 2018/19 season.
“There’s no margin (to change his mind) because I’m quite convinced of the choices I’ve made,” said Buffon.
“This is my last season and I’m pretty sure of the choices I make. One or two more years wouldn’t add or take away from what I’ve already achieved.”
“The only way would be to win the Champions League. At that point, to try to win the Club World Cup.”
Juventus fell short in the Final of the UEFA Champions League last season, going down 4-1 to an unstoppable Real Madrid side.
It was the third time in Gianluigi Buffon’s career where he has lost in the Final of the UEFA Champions League.
Despite his European shortcomings, nothing changes the consensus that he is one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation.
Gianluigi Buffon has won a multitude of club and personal accolades, most recently a spot in the FIFA FIFPro World XI and The Best FIFA Goalkeeper.