Gianluigi Buffon reveals ‘buying a diploma’ is his biggest regret but ‘doesn’t care’ about Champions League failure

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GIANLUIGI BUFFON has revealed the thing he is “least proud of” in his life.

The Italy and Juventus legend, 46, retired from football in August, bringing a close to a glittering 28-year career that saw him win 29 trophies, including the World Cup in 2006.

World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon has revealed his biggest 'regret' in football

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World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon has revealed his biggest ‘regret’ in footballCredit: Getty
Buffon insists failing to win the Champions League is 'not a wound' for him

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Buffon insists failing to win the Champions League is ‘not a wound’ for himCredit: Getty Images – Getty

His trophy collection also included ten Serie A titles, six Coppa Italia’s and the Ligue 1.

The former goalkeeper never managed to get his hands on a Champions League despite being in the final three times.

However, Buffon insists the biggest regret in his life came when he was just 18 years old.

Speaking at an event in Biella via Repubblica, he explained: “I’ve made a lot of mistakes, especially, 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.”

In fact, Buffon says “doesn’t care” about his failure to win the Champions League because playing in it was joyous enough for him.

He said: “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, team-mates 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.”

On his love for Juventus, where he spent 17 years of his career, he said: “Juventus were my footballing life, there were wonderful memories, an adventure and human growth and consecration from a sporting point of view.

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“The Juve universe turns your certainties upside down, but the moment you succeed they will never give up on you.”





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