Gianluigi Buffon revealed that his career still feels 15% incomplete without a Champions League trophy, and discussed his return to Juventus.
Buffon is one of the most successful Italian footballers in history having enjoyed a trophy-laden career for over two decades. 24 major pieces of silverware, in fact, have come his way at Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Parma.
The 41-year-old even won the biggest trophy of them all in the 2006 World Cup with Italy. However, Champions League glory has eluded him despite reaching the final three times.
Now, following a season away at PSG, Buffon is back in Juventus colours hoping to end his career in fairytale fashion by finally winning the Champions League.
“I come from a sporting family, so I learned early on the importance of constant improvement, perennial lack of satisfaction,” said Buffon at the Festival dello Sport in Trento on Sunday.
“I don’t feel that I’ve given all I can, not the full 100 per cent. Maybe I am missing that 15 per cent I need for the grand finale of this career.”
The Italian goalkeeper also explained why he decided to leave Juventus in the first place after returning just 12 months later.
“I felt the need to have that experience in Paris, to go outside my comfort zone,” said Buffon.
“There was no guarantee that would go well, but the fact that it did made me a more complete person.
“I want to thank PSG for giving me that opportunity, because, without that, I probably would’ve retired last year.
“I talked to President Andrea Agnelli about it and he said it could be a positive experience for me.
“However, at a certain point, I felt the call of home and family. Being back two weekends per month wasn’t enough for me. I decided to return to Turin, but that wasn’t the only reason.
“It was like closing a perfect circle with the teammates of a lifetime, albeit in a less important role than the one I had before.
“I am still satisfied anyway, because seeing my teammates run in front of me, them looking at me stand between the posts despite my age, it gives me the strength to keep going.
“It was a source of pride that Juventus called me at the age of 41 to come back to the Bianconeri.”
Buffon also spoke on life alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, and the short conversation they had after the Portuguese’s famous bicycle kick in 2018.