10 Stars Who May Never Play In The UCL Again
10 Stars Who May Never Play In The UEFA Champions League Again
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has hinted that his team's controversial defeat to Real Madrid was his final UEFA Champions League game. Here are 10 big names who might never feature in the competition again.
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On Wednesday night, we saw an intense European affair between Juventus and Real Madrid end in controversy when Gianluigi Buffon was sent off in added time.
The 40-year-old veteran, who has never won the UCL, angrily protested a penalty that was awarded to Los Blancos in the dying seconds of the clash, in what might have been the goalkeeper's last involvement in Champions League football.
There is talk that the Italian could hang up his boots at the end of the campaign, having already done so for the Italian national team in November last year – although he has since made a return to the national fold.
Following FC Barcelona's exit from the tournament on Tuesday, veteran midfielder Andres Iniesta admitted there is a possibility he will never play in the UCL again. The Spaniard has won the competition four times in his career, and has made 130 appearances in it.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's recent move from Manchester United to LA Galaxy means fans might not see the Swede star in the tournament again. Unfortunately for the 36-year-old, he has also never lifted the trophy.
United's Michael Carrick will definitely never play in Europe again as he is officially retiring come the end of the campaign, while the announcement that Fernando Torres will leave Atletico Madrid when the season ends means he is unlikely to play in the UCL again too.
The 34-year-old striker celebrated winning the trophy with Chelsea in the 2011/12 campaign, and has featured in the tournament on 79 occasions.
Supporters might never see Manchester City duo Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure in the tournament again. With the Belgian's injury struggles having slowed him down in recent seasons, Pep Guardiola might decide to replace him once and for all.
Toure, on the other hand, is likely to leave the Citizens when the campaign ends, having featured just 13 times in all competitions for the English side this season.
With Iker Casillas' deal at FC Porto expiring this year, the 36-year-old could very well be moving on from the Portuguese side, and maybe even hang up his boots. The Spanish legend admitted in November 2017 that retirement is near.
Juventus' Andrea Barzagli and Sporting Lisbon's Fabio Coentrao also feature in the gallery.
Which of these stars will you miss watching playing the Champions League if they never feature again? Let us know in the comments section.