Don’t worry if you broke down in tears when Gianluigi Buffon was filmed sobbing in a post-match interview after Italy’s shock elimination from their World Cup play-off against Sweden. Lots of people did.
The legendary goalkeeper could not contain his emotions as his 175th international appearance ended in disaster for the hosts at a distraught San Siro.
Buffon’s tears were suddenly all over social media…
Fans could hardly bare to see their hero so upset…
Buffon had already decided to hang up his Azzurri gloves after Russia 2018 and, with that opportunity stripped from him seven months before the tournament, he is taking his leave early.
“We are proud, we are strong, we are stubborn. We will pick ourselves up as we have always done.
“I am leaving a national team set-up that will know how to pick itself up again.
“Best wishes to everybody, and especially to those with whom I have shared this beautiful journey.”