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February 27, 2024

Juventus And Italy Legend Reveals Why He Doesn’t Regret Not Winning The UCL Trophy And Why He Had To Retire

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Of course, it is the dream of every player playing in the top European clubs to win the prestigious UEFA Champions League trophy and while some relatively unknown players do go on to win it, there are some top players that also failed to win it.

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Brazilian forward, Ronaldo Delima falls in this category, and despite playing for the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and AC Milan, he failed to lift the trophy. There is also another top player that failed to win Europe’s most prestigious trophy, Gianluigi Buffon.

Much of his career was spent with Italian giants, Juventus and he was part of that Juve team that dominated the Italian Serie A for many seasons, but failed to replicate it in Europe, getting to the final of the UCL three times and failing. The Italy international reflected on his failure to win the Champions League and the biggest regrets of his playing career.

The former goalkeeper won almost every available honour across his 29-year long career, picking up a World Cup, 10 Scudetti, six Coppa Italia, a Ligue 1 title and a UEFA Cup. Despite appearing in two Champions League finals, the Bianconeri legend failed to lift the trophy. Buffon hung up his gloves at the end of last season following an emotional two-year spell in Serie B with Parma.


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He is now working as the head of delegation for the Italy national team, taking on the role a month before Luciano Spalletti’s arrival. Speaking to Eco di Bella in an interview, Buffon first discussed his love for Juventus. “Juventus were my footballing life, there were wonderful memories, an adventure and human growth and consecration from a sporting point of view.

“The Juve universe turns your certainties upside down, but the moment you succeed they will never give up on you.” The former goalkeeper reflected on his failure to win the Champions League. “It’s never been a wound for me, for me it was the incentive to fight every year for something extremely big.

“If I then have to say a general thing that touches the Juve world, teammates and managers, I was very sorry for them and for the fans who have yearned for this cup for more or less thirty years. “For me, playing in the Champions League was already joy, winning it would have been the closing of a circle, but I don’t care.” He was asked about any regrets from his playing career or life.

“I like to think that my imperfection gives others an idea of humanity and makes me close to people, with people. I’ve made many mistakes, especially when I was young. “What I’m least proud of is having bought my diploma at 18, I wouldn’t do it again because there is a note of incorrectness and shortcuts and I have never been one for shortcuts.”

Finally, Buffon opened up about his decision to retire from playing football last year. “I decided to stop at the exact moment when in Cagliari in the play-off playoff with Parma for the second time in a year and a half I felt my calf strain.

“I said, let’s end it here, because these are injuries that at certain ages are repeated over time and the discontinuity between training and finding routine, I felt that I had enjoyed myself but no longer playing in stop and starts.” He concluded.

Meanwhile…

Salernitana have decided to sack Filippo Inzaghi following the team’s 15th defeat of the season, making it difficult to explain why they refused to let him resign twice in recent weeks. The former Milan and Italy striker was dismissed by the Granata on Saturday following their 3-1 defeat to Empoli on Friday evening, their 15th loss in 24 games.

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The team sit rock bottom in the league table, having picked up just 13 points from two wins and seven draws. Inzaghi failed to impress in the dugout at Salernitana, averaging 0.72 points per match across his 18 games in charge. Across all competitions, he picked up three wins, four draws and 11 losses, failing to take the team out of the relegation zone.

According to a report from Italy, Inzaghi twice offered to resign over the last two months and both times the move was rejected by club president Daniele Iervolino, who clearly changed their mind following the latest loss to Empoli. He first offered his resignation back in December, when sporting director Walter Sabatini publicly stated that he ‘didn’t choose’ the coach, something that didn’t go down well.

The second time that Inzaghi tried to resign from Salernitana came a few days ago in a meeting between the coach and the club president, but it was again rejected. Fabio Liverani is currently in pole position to take over from Inzaghi as the new Granata head coach. Other candidates include Luca Gotti, Massimo Oddo, Serse Cosmi and Davide Ballardini.

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