Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that some AC Milan players laughed in his face when he told them earlier this season that Juventus would win the Serie A title.
The Bianconeri claimed the Scudetto on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Cagliari, a result which, coupled with the Rossoneri's 4-2 derby defeat to Inter, moved Antonio Conte's men four points clear at the top of the table with just one round remaining.
Juve's success has taken many by surprise, given they had finished seventh in each of the past two seasons, but Buffon has claimed that he knew from the moment he first set foot in the club's new stadium that the title would be returning to Turin.
“I can reveal something now," he told reporters. "The day after the presentation of the Juventus Stadium I went to see some people and told them, 'We’re winning the Scudetto.'
"I said the same to some of the Milan lads when we were on international duty and they laughed in my face. I didn’t take that well!
“The truth is that in August I was really struck by the new stadium, as it gave me huge motivation and refreshed me.
"I realised that day I belonged to a club that had made history, so we could not afford to stay on the level of the previous two years.
“I said in August I rediscovered the dream and when that happens, it’s trouble for everyone else!”
Meanwhile, Buffon refused to be drawn into the argument over whether Sunday's victory over Cagliari had secured Juve their 30th title, or their 28th, with the club having been stripped of two Scudetti because of the Calciopoli scandal.
“The issue of how many titles we have has been going for a long time and will probably never end," the goalkeeper mused.
“I won five titles on the field, then they put three on my CV, but there’s not much I can do about it. I can only say what I experienced and celebrated at the time.”
Undefeated Juventus wrap up their Serie A campaign against Atalanta this weekend before facing Napoli in the Coppa Italia final on May 20.