Buffon to retire unless Juventus win Champions League in 2017-18

Buffon helped Juventus to a sixth consecutive Serie A title and the Champions League final

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.

Buffon, who captains both the Italian national side and Serie A champions Juventus, said it was "a great honour to have received this award at my age".

In an interview to Sky Italia, Buffon said, "This is my last season and I'm pretty sure of the choices I make".

He won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, but has been a runner-up in Europe's premier club competition in 2003, 2015 and 2017. At that point, to try to win the Club World Cup, maybe (deputy goalkeeper Wojciech) Szczesny could play one game and me another. His swansong will be the World Cup finals with Italy next summer - if they can qualify by beating Sweden in next month's playoff.

It would not change anything to play for one or two more years.

-Gianluigi Buffon is set to retire at the end of the season except he wins the Champions League trophy. "I am very happy because this is a great award to win at my age".

"In that case, I think Szczesny and I could split time. but with a goalkeeper like him behind me, I think it's normal that I'll be stepping aside next year". I am proud of it.

But reports say the World Cup victor, who picked up his eighth Serie A title with Juve last season, will hang up his gloves.

"The a year ago has been fantastic for Juventus and me but it wasn't enough to win in Europe".

He however hinted that he continue his career if Juventus wins the 2018 Champions League.

"I would love to finish football with fantastic victories".

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