Buffon celebrated his 100th Champions League game for Juventus in style on Wednesday, making a string of fine saves to keep Monaco at bay as Juve won 2-0 away win in france in the first leg of their semi-final.
The 39-year-old goalkeeper, who has been a Juve stalwart for over 16 years, says his motivation is to continue proving he belongs at the highest level and wants people to be sad when he eventually ends his playing career.
‘In every game I want to show that I deserve to play at this level despite my age,’ he told UEFA after the match.
‘I work hard every day for this objective. The day I quit, I want people to be sad about it. I don’t know if I am achieving it or not, but playing in a team like this undoubtedly helps. The important thing is to be ready when the team needs me. As long as I can do that, I consider myself satisfied and happy.
Juve kept a clean sheet against a free-scoring Monaco, who have netted an astonishing 146 goals in all competitions this season, was no easy task and required a top keeper.
Buffon who has conceded just two goals in this season’s Champions League campaign and has gone over 600 minutes without picking the ball out of his net.