Gianluigi Buffon Announces Retirement Plans

The 39-year old said that he would be a part of FIFA Club World Cup next year provided his team wins the European tournament.

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.

However, the iconic custodian believes there is little left he has to achieve and with Wojciech Szczesny providing competition for the No.1 role, only success in Europe's elite competition will keep him on the pitch. One or two years, nothing will add to my achievements. He was a member of Italy's 2006 World Cup winning squad.

Buffon, who reached 1,000 professional games earlier in the year, was crowned best goalkeeper at the recent Federation Internationale de Football Association awards ceremony. I'm not afraid of the future, face it with enthusiasm as an opportunity to prove myself. "Twelve years ago, I won the World Cup, yet I've lost three Champions League finals".

"This is my last season and I'm pretty convinced with the decision I have taken", Buffon told Sky Sport Italia.

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"At that point, to try to win the Club World Cup, maybe Szczesny could play one game and me another", suggested Buffon, who has played 633 times for Juventus and 173 matches for Italy.

"I want to end my career with a big victory. But I think with a goalkeeper like him, it is normal that next year I'll be aside", he added.

'The only way would be to win the Champions League.

'I think previous year was outstanding for me and for the team.

"Hopefully this year we can play better and win with the national team and Juventus".

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