Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi is “very sorry” for Gianluigi Buffon, after Italy missed out on the World Cup.
“From a personal point of view I’m very sorry for Buffon, because he’s a real and proper legend, an example for all athletes and not just those who play football.
The Azzurri were beaten 1-0 by aggregate by Sweden in the play-offs, meaning they’ll miss out for the first time in 60 years.
“It’s really sad that a personality like the will end his career with the national team in that way, but that’s football.”
Buffon had planned to play in the tournament before hanging up his gloves, 六合投注网站but it now appears the play-off second leg was his final mat21点官网ch for his country.
“A World Cup without Italy is a very strange and rare thing, because it hasn’t happene在线外围投注d for so many years, and it’s a national team which has often won the competition.
“It really is a shame,” Xavi told Premium Sport.