Juventus star Gianluigi Buffon will end his investment in the hometown third-division club Carrarese, saying he feels he has been fighting a losing battle at the club. Buffon has been the owner of Carrarese since 2012, but after three years of pumping his money into the side, he says it is time to make an end. At the end of this season, surely he will be leaving the club to resolve their future alone.
The Italy captain is from the town of Carrara, and invested in the local club in 2010, before becoming owner in 2012. “I’m disappointed,” he said to the press. “June 30 will be my final day as owner.” Carrarese finished the season in 12th of Lega Pro Prima Divisione, and Buffon no longer sees a future for them any higher than at their current level. “At this moment in time, I do not think there are the conditions for this city to support a football club in an important league such as the third division.”
Buffon claims that he has done all he could possibly have done to guarantee Carrarese’s future, but that the time has now come for him to end his involvement. He feels what he has been experienced as the club owner is like a gesture of live which has not been repaid. He has found himself alone; twice in five years during the time he became the part of entrepreneurial enterprises to revive the fortunes of Carrarese.
“The first group disbanded after two years, leaving me alone. The second, despite promises, has never materialized.” Buffon had been waiting until the end of the season before summarizing this experience, and he has decided to leave his hometown club.
On the other hand, Buffon has more pressing thoughts. He will play in his second Champions League final on June 6, hoping for a better outcome than his first back in 2003, when he was beaten by AC Milan.