Is it possible to love Gianluigi Buffon any more?
In case you missed it, Buffon broke the Serie A record for the most minutes without conceding at the weekend.
The Italian goalkeeper was unbeaten for an incredible 974 minutes, before Torino’s Andrea Belotti went and ruined it.
Not content with coming out with the usual ‘it was nice to break the record but the most important thing is that the team won’ spiel, Buffon has proved he’s one of the more classy footballers out there.
The 38-year-old took to social media today to share a rather beautiful poem with his 2.2m followers:
— Gianluigi Buffon (@gianluigibuffon) March 21, 2016
In case you’re not fluent in Italian, the translated version means:
I was 12 when I turned my back on you, denying my past to guarantee you a safe future.
I went with my heart,
I went with my instinct,
But the day I stopped looking you in the face is also the day that I started to love you,
To protect you,
To be your first and last line of defence,
I promised myself that I would do everything not to see your face again. Or that I would do it as little as possible. It was painful every time I did, turning round and realising I had disappointed you.
We have always been opposites yet we are complementary, like the sun and the moon. Forced to live side by side without being able to touch. Team-mates for life, a life in which we are denied all contact,
More than 25 years ago I made my vow: I swore to protect you. Look after you. A shield against all your enemies. I’ve always thought about your welfare, putting it first even ahead of my own.
I was 12 when I turned my back on my goal. And I will keep doing it as long as my legs, my head and my heart will allow.
We’re eagerly awaiting Jamie Vardy’s response…