Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana has paid tribute to Italy goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon.
Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon has announced his retirement. The 45-year-old has called it quits on a remarkable playing career which saw him make his debut in 1995.
He ended it with the same club he began, spending the past two seasons at Parma.
Buffon amassed 176 international caps for Italy, winning the World Cup in 2006. He made 975 appearances at club level, with more than 500 for Juventus.
Andre Onana pays tribute to Gianluigi Buffon
Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana was among the stars who paid tribute to Gianluigi Buffon.
Onana shared a picture via Instagram alongside Onana, exchanging shirts, referring to him as ‘Eterno’, meaning ‘Eternal’.
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Gianluigi Buffon v Manchester United
Gianluigi Buffon played against Manchester United three times during his career.
The first of these came in 2003 in the Champions League when Manchester United won 3-0 away at Juventus, with goals from Ryan Giggs (2) and Ruud van Nistelrooy.
United then went up against him in 2019 in the Champions League again, over two legs with Paris Saint-Germain.
While Buffon’s PSG won the first leg with a clean sheet at Old Trafford, United secured a memorable turnaround in the second leg with a 3-1 win.
The big moment was Marcus Rashford’s injury time penalty to win the tie on away goals, with the forward smashing his penalty past Buffon to clinch the tie.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Buffon rejected a lucrative offer from the Saudi Pro League to prolong his career.