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Iker Casillas breaks the internet with emotional tribute to Gianluigi Buffon

The Spanish great took to social media to wish the Italian goalkeeper well after announcing his international retirement

Pass me the tissues.

Gianlugi Buffon broke down in front of the cameras last night as he faced the reality of having played in his last World Cup.


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Buffon waved goodbye to international football

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Buffon waved goodbye to international football

It was a heart-wrenching sight as the goalkeeper, who has been ever present over the last 20 years, was forced to hang up his boots (and gloves) from international football.

Buffon made 176 appearances between the sticks for Italy, winning the 2006 World Cup and burning himself into the memory as a classy keeper and fashion icon.


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However, The Azzurri could’t overcome Sweden in the second leg of their World Cup play off, losing 1-0 on aggregate and it has basically triggered a day of national mourning in Italy.

Casillas is also Spains most capped player and has won every trophy possible

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Casillas and Buffon have had many duels down the years

Worry not Gigi, the goalkeeping fraternity is made of strong stuff and Buffon’s biggest rival over the past 15 years Iker Casillas took to Twitter to give the Juventus man a tear-inducing send off.

The tweet reads: “I don’t like to see you like this. I see you how many other still see you: a legend. I’m proud to know you and proud to have faced you many times. You can still delight us in friendly football!”

The pair have amassed 13 league titles, 42 major trophies and 343 caps between them and faced off against each other 18 times.

But the love and respect between the two is clear to see.

We should be thankful we have seen both grace the field at the same time.

Casillas’ classy comments have hit us right in the feels.

Game recognises game.


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