Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrates after his team mate Mario Mandzukic scored. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Cardiff beckons for Gianluigi Buffon, and an elusive Champions League winners' medal is not the only prestigious prize within the gangly reach of one of the great goalkeepers.At 39, Buffon feared his chance to win club football's biggest competition might have gone after featuring in losing Juve teams in the 2003 and 2015 finals.With Real Madrid the more likely opponents, shutting out Cristiano Ronaldo would inevitably bolster Buffon's prospects of ending the Portuguese striker and Lionel Messi's recent monopoly on world football's leading individual award.The well-traveled Claudio Ranieri, whose long career included a stint managing Buffon at Juventus, says the case for Buffon is founded on more than patriotic fervor.Buffon was among the club's leading stars who opted to stay and he has been a pillar of its rebirth as the predominant force in Italian football.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE