Buffon: I thank life for not letting me win the Champions League

Despite a long list of personal and team honours, the legendary goalkeeper has never lifted the famous trophy

Gianluigi Buffon says he ‘thanks life’ for not letting him win the Champions League, and believes his failure to win the competition has allowed him to continue playing football.

“For me it’s a huge stimulus and I have to thank life for not letting me win [the Champions League] yet, otherwise I would ask myself why I still play,” said Buffon.

“It is great to be still in the running and try again, but there is no agreement on playing at least one game in Europe in the season, we are at Juventus and not in an amateur club, I play when I am called in by the coach.”

Buffon broke Paolo Maldini’s record for the most club appearances by an Italian player of all-time in the latest victory over SPAL.