Xavi: ‘I’m sorry for Buffon’

BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 05: Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus laughs during a Juventus training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Final match against FC Barcelona at Olympiastadion on June 5, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The legend of Spain and Barcelona says is “very sorry” for Gigi Buffon, after Italy missed out om the World Cup.

This will be the first time after 60 years for Italy to miss out in this competition. Even though, Buffon was planning to hang up his gloves, it appears that his second (play-off) game against Sweden was his final for his country.

“It really is a shame,” Xavi told Premium Sport.

“A World Cup without Italy is a very strange and rare thing, because it hasn’t happened for so many years, and it’s a national team which has often won the competition.

“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.

“It’s really sad that a personality like the will end his career with the national team in that way, but that’s football.”