Football fans around the world expressed disappointment in the manner which Gianluigi Buffon’s international career came to an end.
The iconic goalkeeper played his final match for Italy on Wednesday morning, after a 1-0 aggregate defeat against Sweden on Tuesday morning ended their hopes of qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Buffon’s decision will see him exit the Azzurri with over 170 appearances to his name, first debuting for the Italian side in 1997 and ultimately lifting the World Cup trophy in 2006.
Here are some of the best reactions to come from Twitter regarding the news:
— Abdullah (@abdullahhhhh7) November 14, 2017
Gigi Buffon doesn’t deserve this, that team have let him down big time
— tom (@tombiatso) November 14, 2017
Such a disapointment to see Gigi Buffon retire from his national career when italy didnt make the world cup, never thought the day would come ?
— A N (@nnd0915) November 14, 2017
I am feeling so bad for Buffon.
Such a legend, deserved so much better.
— Chinmay (@Messimystic) November 14, 2017
Italy not being in the world Cup is depressing, seeing Buffon cry was worse
— Michael Nadir Grgis (@MNGrgis) November 14, 2017
A World Cup without Buffon does not even count.
— AbeHaje (@RedDevilAries) November 14, 2017
— Vedant (@HaramiBrat) November 14, 2017
Buffon announced his retirement.. Top class goalkeeper and top class person. Always showed respect to the game and other teams. Never been an Italy or Juve fan but it’s still sad to see a legend walk away from the game he loves. Top lad. ??
— Ian Alexander (@Ian_Alexander10) November 14, 2017
You gotta feel for Gianluigi Buffon
He gave all he had to the game and then some..
What a legendary career.
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— CC (@WiltTheStilt5) November 14, 2017
What a career for Gigi Buffon. An absolute legend that I admired growing up and playing the beautiful game. ?? pic.twitter.com/KJWkzXzJPI
— Chris Downey (@cjdowney) November 14, 2017