​Gigi Buffon has welcomed the challenge of Wojciech Szczesny and Gianluigi Donnarumma at Juventus and Italy respectively, as he looks ahead to what potentially could be his final year in football.

The 39-year-old goalkeeper has one year remaining on his contract and could soon bring an end to his 23-year spell with the Bianconeri.

Buffon expressed his hope of getting "one more chance" to win the Champions League after his third final defeat against Real Madrid last weekend, and he has now turned his attention to ending his career on a high.

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"This could be the last year and I would like to be a protagonist, as I have always dreamed of being," he said- via ​Goal. "A year in which we see the Buffon that pays attention to detail and is eager to make his mark. To do that, I have to be important. I will work for this next year.

"The team goals are a consequence of what you have given and taken throughout the year."

With Szczesny reportedly set to join Juventus from Arsenal, and Donnarumma emerging as a challenger for the No.1 spot in the national team, Buffon has looked forward to the challenge of keeping himself ahead of the competition.


"I've always been a rational person and I've always looked for the meaning of things," he added. "It's right that Juve want Szczesny and that there is a good player like Donnarumma at the national team.

"For me it will be a great motivation twice because, although I am 39-40 years, I have to maintain my place. If I no longer want to play, I'll stay at home because Donnarumma and Szczesny are good goalkeepers by merit, not because someone gave them something."