Rakitic wanted to cry with Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon and the whole Italy national team will miss the World Cup but Ivan Rakitic said that despite that, the legendary goalkeeper will still remain in everybody’s dream team.

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic paid a glowing tribute to Gianluigi Buffon ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match against Juventus, stating the veteran goalkeeper’s heart-wrenching farewell from international football was tough to witness, according to Goal. Buffon couldn’t stop himself from crying and the whole world of football feels for him as he has been a true legend of the game.

The Croatia international spoke about his feeling after this emotive moment as he said: “If I have to explain something about football to Buffon that would be a difficult challenge. I don’t think I can say anything to him,” said the Croatia international, who helped his nation through their own play-off meeting with Greece at a canter. Everything he’s given to football fans is one of a kind. Any kid out there who writes down a dream team on a piece of paper puts the name Buffon in goal.”

The Barcelona midfielder added: “The interview he gave after the game, you wanted to cry along with him. There aren’t enough words to describe how one feels in situations, like that. It’s a shame that a player like him cannot say farewell in the way he wants.”

Ivan Rakitic is also looking forward to facing Buffon for, likely, the last time: “I don’t know how long I have left to go. I hope it’s a long time and I look forward to competing against him tomorrow. It’s a tough moment right now for the Italy national team. Sometimes you have to take a step or two back to take a step forward and I hope they get back to winning in the future.”