There’s something undoubtedly very cool about Gennaro Gattuso.
The former World Cup winner – who’s now the manager of AC Milan – was one of the toughest defensive midfielders around in his day, and will always be remembered fondly for his partnership with Andrea Pirlo.
And of course, we’ve all heard about the infamous pranks Italy’s players would play on him, including the time Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi sprayed him with a fire extinguisher in a hotel room.
And it looks like Gattuso still has that old sense of humour, after sending a cheeky message to legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon on his birthday over the weekend.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia following Milan’s win over Lazio, Gattuso sent a message to his old Azzurri teammate via the show’s presenter Ilaria d’Amico, who’s also Buffon’s girlfriend.
In a hilarious (and quite cringey) moment, the Rossoneri boss asked d’Amico if she had given Buffon his birthday present yet, saying: “It wont be valid after midnight.
“When you turn 40, you want three tiny diamond rings then you want six diamond rings when you turn 50.
“Give him a kiss on the mouth from me with tongue, he has been very lucky Giggi.”
Which, of course, made d’Amico blush.
Take a look.
To be fair, Gattuso had every reason to be jovial after the match.
Sunday’s win – their third in succession – takes Milan up to seventh place in the Serie A table, ten points away from fourth but far closer than they were before he took over the job.
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