Gianluigi Buffon Can't explain Juventus’ Champions League debacle

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had a night to forget at the Principality Stadium last night as Real Madrid put four goals past him in the Champions League final.

The Italy international lost his third Champions League final in the Old Lady shirt, and this may well be his last, unless the club make a similar European push next season.

Buffon's team looked comfortable with proceedings during the first half of the final as they kept the score line at 1-1. However, things went pear-shaped in the second period with goals from Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo in a three-minute interval virtually ending their Champions League ambitions.

Things only went worse for the Serie A holders as the unlucky sending off of Juan Cuadrado allowed Los Blancos to net the fifth goal of the game, which eventually ended a humiliating night for the Italian legend. Following the defeat, Buffon could not find reasons over his team's struggles in the second half, but admitted that the opposition deserved their victory on their showing.

"We are disappointed. We played very well in the first half, we thought we had enough to win the game," he is quoted as saying on "I cannot explain why we played like we did in the second half. Real Madrid deserved to win in the second half. They showed their class and the attitude needed to play in this kind of game."

Buffon, now 39, is likely to have played the final Champions League final of his illustrious career as he plans to hang up his boots following the World Cup finals in Russia next year. Having won the Scudetto for six consecutive years, the Champions League would have been the icing on the cake for the veteran, but it was just not meant to be as Real Madrid became the first club to retain the European crown in the modern era.