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Italian legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon retires as Italy failed to grasp 2018 world cup ticket

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has retired from international duty, after his national team (the Azzurri’s) failed the country by not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup following their 1-0 aggregate defeat to Sweden in the play-off on Monday at the San Siro.
The tearful 39-year-old Gianluigi Buffon said he was “sorry for all of Italian football” as he led a wave of international retirements after the World Cup play-off defeat by Sweden.
Buffon’s Juventus team-mate Andrea Barzagli and Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi also ended their Italy careers, while Giorgio Chiellini is expected to join them. The quartet have won 461 caps between them.
Buffon’s club Juventus sent a message of support on twitter to their goalkeeper.
All Bianconeri are by your side @gianluigibuffon. You’re the pride of our nation and the best goalkeeper in the world. 🇮🇹 👏 pic.twitter.com/iDAJBwn2Xx

— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 13, 2017

 Fifa’s official account paid tribute to the Italian veteran.
Goodbye to an 🇮🇹@azzurri legend 😢

Forever a #WorldCup winner, @gianluigibuffon 🏆👏 pic.twitter.com/2W2dYu24BV

— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) November 13, 2017

 Italy were held to a 0-0 draw in Milan and failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Buffon, said: “It’s a shame my last official game coincided with the failure to qualify for the World Cup.
The Juventus goalkeeper, who made his Italy debut in October 1997, kept a clean sheet against Sweden at San Siro but his outfield team-mates failed to score the goals that could have overturned the Scandinavians’ 1-0 advantage in the two-legged European play-off.
Goalkeeper Buffon made 175 appearances for his country in a 20-year career – lifting the World Cup in 2006 – and believes the future could still be bright for the four-time world champions.
“There is certainly a future for Italian football because we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet,” he said.

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