Will Buffon finally win the Champions League this year?

Champions League By: Linus Onyeze | 11/05/2017

Gianluigi Buffon is playing in his third Champions League final next month, which may well be his last. So, will he finally win the competition this year?

At the prime age of 39, most professional footballers have retired, gone into other ventures with some five to 10 years ago being the last they had their best time on the pitch. So it is highly unusual, to see a pro footballer at that grand age, not just still in action, but on the verge of lifting a major trophy…unless you’re Gianluigi Buffon.

And that is what the legendary Italian goalkeeper is about to do: he and his Juventus team have progressed to the final of the Champions League, as they await to face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in Cardiff next month.

But this is not the first time Buffon is reaching the Champions League final, he even did so just two years ago, when they lost to Barcelona, so why is this final so special? The man explains in his own words. Hear him: “Two years ago everyone thought it would be my last final, but that isn’t the case.”

As stated above, how many 39-year old’s are actively competing to win Europe’s Premier club competition? And it is also neither Buffon’s second final, as he was also part of the Juventus side that lost to AC Milan in 2003 at Old Trafford. So, reaching the final again shouldn’t be something new, and he has made that clear: “Yes we got to Cardiff, which was, well, I won’t say our aim because just getting to the final means nothing,” Buffon said.

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But there is a feeling he will be third time lucky. The current Juventus side may arguably not compare in terms of star power to that of 2003 which also reached the final, but there is something remarkable in this current team that Maximilliano Allegri has assembled. They look the most balanced team in Europe at the moment, and it will take some doing to beat them, and they have already shown that so far.

And to make it even more interesting, Buffon, unlike what you would ordinarily imagine, is a key member of this squad, just as he was two years ago and 14 years ago. He is not just a squad player hoping to reap off his teammates sweat by getting a Champions League medal, he has been putting in the work and there is now that feeling, maybe even sentiment, that he should go on to finally lift the only trophy that has so far eluded him in his illustrious career.

But the question remains: will he finally win the Champions League this year?