Buffon opens up about mistake against Manchester United and warns Donnarumma

by | Jul 25, 2021 13:35

In his interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Gigi Buffon also spoke about his mistake against Manchester United and warned Gigio Donnarumma: ‘Nothing is forgiven to the best ones.’

Buffon, 43, has returned to his boyhood club Parma, exactly 20 years after his move to Juventus from the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

Buffon went on to play 17 seasons in Turin, joining PSG as a free agent in the summer of 2018.

He spent one season in Paris, playing 25 games across all competitions, before completing a shock return to Juventus where he played for two more years.

His time in the French capital will also be remembered for a clear mistake in the return leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Manchester United.

Buffon fluffed a routine catch, allowing Romelu Lukaku to put the Red Devils ahead.

“I played a great season in Paris, I made that mistake in the Champions League. It was costly, but we didn’t lose that game 1-0, we lost it 3-1. It was a bad night for everybody,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The truth is I’ve been walking on thin ice since I was 17. It happened at Juventus, PSG and it will happen in Parma because I am going ahead and somebody doesn’t like it,” he continued.

“The truth is nothing is ever forgiven to the best ones, they are just waiting for you to fail.

“It will happen to (Gianluigi) Donnarumma as well, but he must remain calm, because he is so strong. It will go well for him in Paris, even more than well. We texted each other during the Euros, discussing PSG and more.”

Donnarumma has joined the Ligue 1 giants on a free transfer from Milan.

During the same interview, Buffon said the 22-year-old ‘has become a point of reference worldwide’ thanks to his performances at UEFA Euro 2020.

The 43-year-old added he dreams of playing the 2022 Qatar World Cup, joining Donnarumma in the Azzurri squad.

Buffon dreams of playing at 2022 World Cup

 

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon at Parma

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