Buffon, 39, will become the oldest player to win the Champions League if he finally gets his hands on the trophy in the Welsh capital and will be spurred on by the heartache of losing two previous finals.
Much will depend on the performance of the 2006 World Cup winner who will be in the crosshairs of a deadly Real attack spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo – the only player to score more than 100 goals in the competition.
“It [the feeling I experience] is the kind of fear you need to have when you play this kind of game,” he said.
“You need to find courage to beat this fear and I generally manage to do so. That’s why I feel much stronger than people who say they are never scared.
“We will play the game with confidence. We just want to have no regrets at the final whistle.”
The Champions League is the only trophy that has alluded Gianluigi Buffon
Gianluigi Buffon will become the oldest player to win the Champions League if Juventus beat Real
Buffon has been the last line of a Juve defence that conceded only three times en route to the final – the lowest total since Arsenal arrived at the showpiece game against Barcelona in 2006 having let in two goals.
Arsenal lost to Barcelona on that occasion but Buffon is determined to finally add the missing medal to his collection which includes multiple Serie A titles with Juve.
“I have always maintained that, in football, making the final means nothing if you don’t win it,” said Buffon.
“I don’t look at the Champions League as the trophy that evades me but, yes, it is a big dream for me to win it.
“After the defeat by Barcelona in the final, two years ago, many people thought I would never have another chance but I always believed that, if we worked hard, I would get another opportunity – and this time we must make it count.”
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Juventus players train in Cardiff ahead of the Champions League final
Buffon will be 39 years, 126 days old when he takes to the field this evening, whereas fellow Italian great Paolo Maldini was 38 years, 331 days when he skippered Milan to victory against Liverpool in 2007.
Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas was 39 years and 39 days old when he helped Real Madrid win the European Cup in 1966.
But Buffon insists it is not going to be a showdown between him and Ronaldo.
“I know how these things work and this thing about it being me versus Cristiano is an obvious thing to go for,” he said. “People will always emphasise these things but I don’t really pay too much attention to it.
“I wouldn’t even dream of putting myself on the same pedestal as Ronaldo. We are complete opposites. The only thing I can do is try to stop him by not conceding goals.
“I’m quite pleased that some people seem to think it’s a duel between us but it’s not reality.
Buffon insists nobody remembers the runners-up of a final
“I’m not having sleepless nights about it. In fact I don’t have any problems sleeping at all. Don’t get me wrong, the likes of Ronaldo and Dani Alves are great models for people to follow.
“They are examples for the greats who have done it all and for those people starting out and just getting interested in the sport.
“I certainly haven’t been having dreams about the likes of Ronaldo and Benzema. But that’s probably because if I had dreams about all their great players then I wouldn’t have enough time for anything else.
“All I have to remember is that I am surrounded by champions and my age has nothing to do with it. I’m still a young boy even though I’m 39. I’m aware that winning would be a perfect finale and people like fairy tales.”
Juventus are certainly the people’s favourite to beat the Real Galacticos. So those people will surely love such a fairy-tale ending.