Buffon names four ideal last Champions League opponents

Date published: Thursday 24th August 2017 11:40

Gianuigi Buffon hopes to face Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United or Celtic in what is likely to be his final season in the Champions League.

Buffon is expected to retire at the end of this campaign, having spent 16 years in goal for Juventus.

The Italian has a glittering collection of trophies, but has never been able to win the Champions League.

Juventus were the beaten finalists in June when Real Madrid reclaimed their crown, and Buffon hopes for one last hurrah on the European stage.

“Playing in the Champions League allows you to experience some of the most exciting stadiums in Europe and when you are younger you take that for granted as there are many more opportunities ahead of you,” Buffon said.

“But as you get older you realise there are things you perhaps won’t experience again.

“I want to test myself at the Bernabeu and Camp Nou again, I want to play in another special evening game at Old Trafford. I want to experience the electric atmosphere of Celtic Park once more.

“Hopefully I can experience some of those things again – but the reality is that some of them I won’t.

“I will not see my career as incomplete if I do not win the Champions League – I have won too much with Juventus and Italy to look at it like that – but it still remains a big dream for me.

“The way I look at it is that I have one more year on my contract so I have one more chance to lift the trophy. It will not be easy – but we are ready to fight again.

“If we win the Champions League I will continue to play one more season so I can also try to win the World Club Cup and other trophies.”

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