AC Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, has moved an inch closer to clinching the number one goalkeeping spot at his national team squad, Italy, following the announcement by Gianuluigi Buffon, Azzurri legend, that 2018 may likely see him retire.
The shot-stopper for Juventus was in a game where he featured against Germany last month and went on to pick up his 167th cap. He has now pulled level with Iker Casillas, retired Spanish legend and fellow goalkeeping colleague. Donnarumma was in the second half of the game, thus making his second appearance for the Italian team.
If Italy fares well in Russia during the 2018 World Cup, then Buffon may just be able to overtake the World record holder, Ahmed Hassan of Egypt, who holds 184 caps. Buon is 17 caps behind him.
In his comments made to Premium Sport, Buffon noted that he wished to leave football as a player.
“My idea is to leave football as a player after the 2018 World Cup. I’m pretty sure of it.”
Recently, Buffon became a father, for the third time and has hinted just last month, that he would not mind going on to pick a coaching job with Italy. Speaking in an interview with Corrieredella Sera, he had said,
“A coaching role and all that it entails on a daily basis wouldn’t appeal to me,”
“But I wouldn’t exclude a national team coaching role: I would still be involved in the game but have some freedom to dedicate myself to other things.”
Buffon has won almost all clubs and international awards for goalkeepers. He also played a crucial role in Italy’s triumph in the 2006 World Cup. However, the only trophy left for him to lift is the Champions League title.