Buffon reacts to Juventus poor runs after CR7 exit

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Legendary shotstopper for Juventus, Gianluigi Buffon, has commented on the poor runs of the club in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit after his arrival from Real Madrid in 2018.

Prior to Ronaldo’s arrival the Seria A giant had experienced two Champions League finals in the four years  but never made it beyond the quarter-finals with him.

“Juventus had the chance to win the Champions League the first year he was there, when I was at Paris Saint-Germain,” Buffon said.

“When I returned I worked with him for two years and we did well, but I think Juventus lost their team DNA while he was there.

“We reached the 2017 Champions League final because we were a team packed with experience, but above all we were a team. We lost that with Ronaldo.”

Leonardo Bonucci had previously told The Athletic that Juventus’ players subconsciously grew over-reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo after his arrival.

Looking ahead to his post-playing days, the Parma goalkeeper expressed doubts about what his life in football holds when he hangs up his gloves.

“If you ask me now what I’ll do next, I honestly don’t know if I’ll be a coach,” Buffon said.

“Knowing how I am, I think what I’ll want to do is improve.

“The fact that I haven’t won the Champions League keeps my competitive spirit live. I’m in good shape.

“Maybe if I’d already won the Champions League I would have retired, because I wouldn’t have any important achievement left to aim for.”

Gianluigi Buffon

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