Juventus and Italy Legend Gigi Buffon Insists He Wants People to Feel Sad When He Retires

Tom Procter
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Gianluigi Buffon wants people to feel sad when he eventually retires from football, as reported by ​FourFourTwo magazine, and his method to achieve that is testament to the model professional he really is.

The 39-year-old made history with another shutout against Ligue 1 side Monaco in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday - it was Juventus' sixth clean sheet in a row in the competition for the first time.

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It is an incredible feat given the attacking stars that have taken to the field in this season's competition, and the Old Lady have certainly established themselves as one of, if not the, best defensive team in the world at the moment.

Buffon has been a big factor in keeping teams at bay, and believes that it is his motivation and desire to be the best that keeps him playing at the highest level.

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He told UEFA after Wednesday's 2-0 victory: "In every game I want to show that I deserve to play at this level despite my age. I work hard every day for this objective. The day I quit, I want people to be sad about it.

"I don't know if I am achieving it or not, but playing in a team like this undoubtedly helps. The important thing is to be ready when the team needs me. As long as I can do that, I consider myself satisfied and happy."

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Essentially, Buffon's attitude is second to none. He wants to perform so well right until his final ever match, and win so much that people will literally have no choice but to feel sad when he does finally hangs up his gloves. What a legend.​

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