After having praised each other in the build-up to the Champions League clash between Juventus and Barcelona, Gianluigi Buffon and Ivan Rakitic shared a warm greeting on Wednesday evening.
The positive vibes between the pair stem from Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup and how the Croatian midfielder reacted to the veteran goalkeeper missing the tournament.
“I want to give him my place,” he explained in a press conference.”I want to tell him to go to the World Cup instead of me .”One wants to cry when you see Buffon in tears, words can’t describe that feeling.
“The Italian stopper saw these sentiments and actually took the time to respond to Barcelona’s midfielder on Twitter.
“As a goalkeeper I could still play, but playing for Croatia in midfielder might not be a great idea,” he intimated.”I say this for your own good.”Jokes aside, your words have been a great gift, my shirt is waiting for you.”