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23 Nov 2017

Juventus vs Barcelona: Buffon explains why he gave fan his shorts

Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon has explained why he shocked one supporter by giving him his shorts after Wednesday’s Champions League draw against Barcelona.
Buffon returned to Juve squad for the first time since his emotional retirement from international football after Italy’s failure to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The 39-year-old, who was excited after the match, ran to hug Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic following a social media exchange on the eve of the game when the Croatian had said he would love to tell Buffon to take his place in the 2018 World Cup.

After embracing Rakitic, the Italian keeper then pulled off his orange shorts and ran towards the tunnel to salute the delighted fans.

Buffon, who earned a record 175 caps for Italy over 20 years, had been targeting a record sixth World Cup appearance in Russia.

The goalkeeper took to his Twitter account to explain what it meant to him after giving the supporter his shorts.

He wrote, “This is only a point tonight, but it’s a good point.

“It’s always a pleasure and an honour to play against great champions, like Ivan Rakitic,” Buffon Tweeted.

Juventus remain second in the group and can secure their qualification with victory at Olympiakos on December 5, while Barcelona advanced to the last 16 after the 0-0 draw in Turin.

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