This was the worst possible way to end their playing days with Italy’s national team, failing to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years, but… all three agreed ‘it’s time’.
Gigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli announced their retirement from international football soon after Italy’s goallees draw against Sweden, which meant that the Squadra Azzurra will not be in Russia next summer.
It’s disappointing. Not for me, but for the football movement, because we failed at something that could’ve been truly important for the country. That is the only regret I have and certainly not that I am finishing my career, because time passes and it’s only right
Buffon told Rai Sport, very emotional, hardly managing to contain his tears.
It’s just a shame my last official game coincided with the failure to qualify for the World Cup. There is certainly a future for Italian football though, as we have pride, ability, determination, and after bad tumbles we always find a way to get back on our feet
the legendary Italian goalkeeper said, finding a silver lining in the dark cloud. Buffon talked about Gian Piero Ventura as well, avoiding pinning the blame on his – ex – coach alone.
In football you win as a group, you lose as a group, you divide the credit and the blame. The coach is part of this entire group
the 175-time capped living legend of Italian football said.