The eternal keeper, Gianluigi Buffon turned 42 on January 28, and made his first appearance since for Juventus against AC Milan in Copa Italia on Thursday.
A game that ended 1-1 at San Siro, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury-time penalty, saw Buffon making several saves as Milan registered as many as 11 shots on target, but what happened after the final whistle overshadowed the fixture.
Despite the draw, the 42-year-old keeper walked away with a smiling face with the reason being Daniel Maldini’s shirt. Daniel, who is the son of AC Milan great Paolo Maldini, came on as a substitute in the game and was approached by Buffon after the match and asked for his shirt. The veteran keeper couldn’t hold his excitement and speaking during the post-match interview, he elaborated,
“In my collection I have [Enrico] Chiesa and son, [Lillian] Thuram and son, [George] Weah and son, and now Maldini and son. I’m waiting for their grandchildren!”
This is a better picture 😛 pic.twitter.com/pcJNH4uomh— David Schiavone 🌐 (@DovSchiavone) February 13, 2020
‘Waiting for their grandchildren.’
Buffon, a former Italian Number 1, made his senior debut back in 1995 for Parma and kept a clean sheet against George Weah’s AC Milan. 23 years later, he was sharing the field with Weah’s son Timothy at Paris Saint-Germain. As things stand, Buffon has the jerseys of George and Timothy Weah, Lillian and Marcus Thuram, and Enrico and Federico Chiesa. That’s some collection, to say the least.
As for the game, host AC Milan got the breakthrough a minute after the hour’s mark through Ante Rebic, but Juventus equalized in the 91st minute after they were awarded a controversial penalty through the VAR review.
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Marco Bertorello