Gianluigi Buffon’s dream of winning the Champions League continued last night as Juventus reached the quarter-finals with a 3-0 aggregate win over Sevilla.
The Italian legend is up there as one of the best players never to have won Europe’s elite competition, having been beaten in the final in 2003 and two years ago.
At the age of 39, Buffon won’t get many more chances to lift the big-eared trophy. So he’ll be hoping Juventus avoid the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in Friday’s last-eight draw.
And another team he’s hoping Juve aren’t drawn against are, surprisingly, Leicester City. Nobody expected the Foxes to still be in the competition at this stage but they were able to edge out Sevilla in their last-16 tie, and Buffon is aware of the threat Craig Shakespeare’s inspired team pose.
“I would like to avoid Leicester City,” the goalkeeper told Juve’s website. “They’re a dangerous side, there’s a feel good factor around the place and they have the ability to hurt you if you take the game to them.
“You have everything to lose against them.”
Max Allegri’s side will have plenty of support if they do reach the final, mainly because Buffon is hugely-admired by football fans around the world and they’d love to see him win the major trophy that has eluded him.
One of the best 'keepers ever
Buffon will go down as one of the best ‘keepers in the history of the sport; the fact that he’s been named in UEFA’s Team of the Year four times is proof of that.
Of course, playing in goal has perhaps prevented the Italy international from claiming some of football’s shinier accolades - only one ‘keeper, Lev Yashin in 1964, has won the Ballon d’Or - and a recent video involving Buffon shows that the majority of kids just don’t fancy playing in goal.
In association with Mastercard, a group of young children were asked if they wanted to be a goalkeeper, without knowing that Buffon was watching from behind the scenes.
Not one said yes, with one even replying: “No, my sister will do it. I’ll be the striker.”
Buffon then arrived
At this point, Buffon arrives to surprise the children at their training session. You can see where this is going.
Suddenly, all of the kids wanted to play in goal, and Buffon clearly enjoyed taking shots as each of them lined up between the sticks.
Watch the sweet video below.
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