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Gianluigi Buffon bids teary Italy farewell
    2017-November-15  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

GIANLUIGI BUFFON had the perfect farewell planned: Concluding his glorious international career exactly where it started, in Russia.

In a bonus sixth World Cup.

It wasn’t meant to be, though.

Two decades after making his Italy debut on a snowy field in Moscow in a World Cup playoff, Buffon was in the jersey in Milan on Monday in another playoff. But the Italians lost the playoff 1-0. Buffon, the captain, wore the hurt on his face.

“It is upsetting that my last match decided we didn’t qualify for the World Cup,” he said, wiping away tears.

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Not for me, though, but for (Italy),” Buffon said. “I’m sorry that we failed at something that could have also been important on a social level. That’s the only regret I have.”

If Italy had qualified, Buffon, who will turn 40 in January, would have become the first player to travel to six World Cups.

Buffon will also miss out on a chance to become soccer’s most capped player. He ends his career fourth on the all-time list behind record-holder Ahmed Hassan’s 184 appearances for Egypt, Mohamed al-Deayea’s 178 for Saudi Arabia, and Claudio Suarez’s 177 for Mexico.

Three weeks ago, Buffon was named UEFA club goalkeeper of the year.(SD-Agencies)

 

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