Legends cry as well. Buffon couldn’t keep down the tears in the wake of failing in the play-off and realizing that he wouldn’t be at next summer World Cup in Russia. The Italian goalkeeper dream to end his legendary career at the world greatest tournament was dashed by Sweden after a goalless draw.
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The four-time title holders won’t be in Russia and will miss their first World Cup in 60 years. A standout amongst the most passionate pictures after the ‘Azzurri’ failed to qualify for the World Cup was left by Buffon. The goalkeeper who has shown up for Italy in 175 appearances won’t have the chance to state farewell on the greatest stage.
“I’m not sorry for myself but all of the Italian football,” an inconsolable Buffon told Italian broadcaster Rai.
“We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There’s regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.”
“My Barzagli, my de Rossi, my Chiellini… they will leave as well, I think Leo Bonucci will continue. I say thanks to everyone, I don’t want to steal the spotlight from anyone,” said Buffon.
The veteran goalkeeper couldn’t contain his feelings amid an interview that will stand out forever in history after Italy failed to conquer Sweden. “To end my career with the national team by failing to qualify… I’m sorry,” were some of the words which the ‘Azzurri’ legend could get out as he cried miserably.
The 39-year-old had determinedly represented the Azzurri for as long as 20 years, he takes after legendary Italy and Juventus goalkeeper, Dino Zoff, who also withdrew from the international scene after a defeat to Sweden.