Real Madrid retained their Champions League title but hearts are breaking for Buffon
Juventus’ goalkeeper had hoped to win his first Champions League title in his career that’s spanned decades.
Real Madrid have won the Champions League for the second consecutive year after beating Juventus 4-1 at the Principality Stadium.
The win was an undoubted heartbreak for Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who has never laid been able to claim the titles in his entire career.
While he has only hinted at his retirement and not officially announced he’s hanging up the gloves for good, the Italian has made no secret of his desire to lift the trophy that’s escaped his grasp for years.
Gutted for Juventus more especially Buffon. Damn. Heartbroken. He is too good to have never won the Champions League. 💔💔 well done RM champs— Tokelo Martin Mokhesi (@TeekayMokhesi) June 3, 2017
The first 45 minutes proved promising for Juventus who boasted a stunning overhead equaliser from Mario Mandzukic, after Cristiano Ronaldo netted the first of the five goals in Cardiff.
99% of the footballing world is heartbroken for Buffon 😭😭 will always be a legend though #uclfinal2017— Mikey North-Napper (@NorthNapper) June 3, 2017
Buffon is the best goalkeeper in the world for years. He doesn't need an UCL cup to prove his greatness. #respect— Huba huba! (@popokman) June 3, 2017
However Juventus were forced to fight ferociously as Zinedine Zidane’s side continued to widen the gap on the scoreboard. Carlos Casemiro gave Real their second lead and just minutes later, Ronaldo marked his 600th goal ever for club and country with gis second goal of the night.
The Cardiff showdown was finished off by Marco Asensio, who added insult to injury with the final goal in the 90th minute.
Without champions league trophy, Gigi Buffon will remain a legend and truly champion. So proud of you, the greatest of all time— Mikail (@mikailworld) June 3, 2017
Ahead of the highly-anticipated game, Buffon had spoken of his desire to get his hands on the Champions League trophy describing a victory in the final as “the perfect end”.
Gutted for Gianluigi Buffon, 39 years old and still up there with the best keepers in the world 🇮🇹 possibly his last year in the game— Jay (@_Owler) June 3, 2017
Buffon is the sole survivor of the Juventus side that lost the 2003 final to AC Milan and feared his last chance at Champions League glory had passed after suffering the same fate against Barcelona two years ago.
At 39, the World Cup winner was granted another chance to win the trophy of his dreams, a chance which came to a heartbreaking end.