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Buffon says next season will be last

World Leagues

TURIN, Italy - After more than two decades of top-level soccer, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says next season will be his last.

That is, unless Juventus wins the Champions League.

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Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon reacts during the Champions League final. Photo: Reuters / Eddie Keogh

Buffon tells Italy's Sky Sport that if Juventus "were to win the Champions League I would continue playing at least one more season to try and also win the Club World Cup and other trophies."

The 39-year-old Buffon has won eight Serie A titles with Juventus and the 2006 World Cup with Italy but he has never won the Champions League, coming runner-up three times.

The most recent of those near misses came in at the end of last season, when Juventus lost 4-1 to Real Madrid at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Buffon says he promised Juventus president Andrea Agnelli that he would continue playing if he finally wins the elusive European trophy.

Buffon has made a record 169 appearances for Italy and plans to lead the Azzurri at next year's World Cup.

AP

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