Gianluigi Buffon is 39 years old. He has just lost the Champions League final. He has lost the Champions League final three times. He has never won the competition. He has just one more chance.
"As far as I am concerned, I have one last chance. I still have a year on my contract, we're in the Champions League again so we will challenge to win it."
One last chance. Sports are very fun, but sports are very cruel. The difference between a storybook ending and a crushing loss is very small.
This felt like Juve's year. It was not Juve's year. It was Real Madrid's year. Next year will probably also be Real Madrid's year, or Barcelona's year, or Bayern Munich's year. It will probably not be Juve's year. But it might be, and we hope it is, because Gianluigi Buffon has one more chance, and he deserves to go out with a Champions League title to his name.
Otherwise, he'll just have to settle for having won the World Cup in 2006 and Serie A a bajillion times.