Third Champions League final for him, third loss. In 2003 it was Milan, in 2015 Barcelona, and this time, a Real Madrid side that looked too good for his Juventus in the second half.
I cannot explain why we played like we did in the second half. Real Madrid deserved to win in the second half
Gianluigi Buffon told UEFA.com soon after the final whistle, obviously struggling to find the right words to explain what had just happened, for the simple reason that he had no real explanation.
We are disappointed. We played very well in the first half, we thought we had enough to win the game
the Italian goalkeeper said, surprised himself at what happened in the second half.
Real Madrid showed their class and the attitude needed to play in this kind of game
the Juventus skipper added, praising his opponents.
Buffon may be approaching his 40th birthday, but he’s not going anywhere, not just yet. Next season he will definitely play, and he hasn’t ruled out the possibility to continue even after that.
All in all, Buffon will have at least one more chance to win the biggest trophy at club level, as long as Juventus manage to match their great CL season next year, and play more like… Juve in the final as well.