Buffon proud not to be like Juventus haters

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The goalkeeper criticised Italians who celebrated his side's heavy Champions League final loss to Real Madrid at the start of June

Gianluigi Buffon has hit out at Italian fans who did not support Juventus in the Champions League final.

Fans of other Serie A sides partied after the Old Lady lost 4-1 to Real Madrid in the final in Cardiff, where Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace to lead his side to a record 12th European Cup.

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But the Italy goalkeeper says that he would not have done the same in their situation and can't accept rivals fans celebrating a Juve defeat.

“I am proud not to be like them,” Buffon told Rai Sport.

“In football there are victories and defeats. I remain convinced that you learn much more from a loss than a success, so this is why I struggle to accept the attitude of those who automatically cheer against Juve.

“I am honestly proud to be nothing like those who celebrated after the final in Cardiff.”

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The 39-year-old also admitted that too much was expected from Juventus against a side who have more players with experience of finals.

He added: “There was too much optimism going into a game where even the stupidest Real Madrid player had many more trophies and appearances in big finals than me.”