Gianluigi Buffon should retire from football at the end of the season, according to goalkeeping legend Oliver Kahn.
Buffon has enjoyed an illustrious career at the top of the game, winning the World Cup and reaching a European Championship final with Italy, and claiming several Serie A titles at Juventus.
Despite reaching three finals, the 40-year-old has never won the Champions League and was deprived of another chance to claim the illustrious title after his side’s elimination from this season’s quarter-finals.
The Bianconeri’s campaign ended controversially on Wednesday when Buffon was sent off in second-half injury time after protesting the award of a penalty, allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to put Madrid 4-3 up on aggregate.
Although it means the iconic shot-stopper will likely finish his career without a winner’s medal, Kahn says he has done enough to solidify his reputation as one of the best ever.
“It is an important question, if he finds the right time to end his career,” the former Germany and Bayern Munich star told Bild.
“He could have missed out on a lot – the World Cup with Italy or the events in Madrid on Wednesday, for example – if he was not driven by ever new records and also the dream of necessarily winning the Champions League.
“If you can not make that step into retirement in time, then it will hurt someday. Philipp Lahm, for example, has made the jump very well.
“For me, in 2006, after the World Cup third-place playoff match, it was very clear that it was time to leave the national team. And in 2008 I could have hung on for another two or three years, but for what?
“At some point, it’s time to decide to jump. I would not overreact to what happened. Buffon’s career is not rated on this red card or because he did not win the Champions League. He was a world champion and world-class goalkeeper. These are the things that count.”