Gianluigi Buffon warns Italian Euro 2020 hero Gianluigi Donnarumma to face criticism throughout his career as the 43-year-old opens up about his ‘expensive’ Champions League foul against Manchester United
- Gianluigi Buffon spilled the ball right in front of Romelu Lukaku’s feet, who scored
- The mistake proved costly when Marcus Rashford scored the decisive goal in Paris
- Buffon said he’s been ‘walking on thin ice’ since he broke through at age 17
- He has warned his heir Gianluigi Donnarumma that the same will happen to him
- Donnarumma has joined Paris Saint-Germain after winning Euro 2020 with Italy
- And Buffon hopes to join Donnarumma as a 44-year-old at the 2022 World Cup
Gianluigi Buffon has been candid about how the pressure of expectation has followed him since the start of the goalkeeping legend’s career – and has warned Gianluigi Donnarumma that he will face the same criticism.
Buffon returned to Parma this summer after leaving his youth club for Juventus in 2001, with the Italian spending a season at Paris Saint-Germain in 2018/19 before returning to the old lady.
The 43-year-old at the Parc des Princes saw him win Ligue 1, but it was a fumble against Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16 that proved costly as PSG were dumped on away goals.
Gianluigi Buffon has thought about his blunder against Manchester United in 2019
The veteran’s spill was picked up by Romelu Lukaku as the Red Devils won on away goals
Buffon has warned Euro 2020 hero Gianluigi Donnarumma to expect criticism in his career
With the French side two goals ahead of the French side in the tie and 1-1 in the evening, Marcus Rashford’s speculative attempt by Buffon was spilled into Romelu Lukaku’s path for his second of the night before Rashford turned the game upside down with a controversial 94th-minute penalty.
Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Buffon said: “I’ve had a great season in Paris. I made that mistake in the Champions League.
“It was expensive, but we didn’t lose that game 1-0, we lost it 3-1. It was a bad night for everyone.
“The truth is, I’ve been walking on thin ice since I was 17. It’s happened at Juventus, PSG and it will happen in Parma because I’m going on and someone doesn’t like it.
The truth is that nothing is ever forgiven the best, they just wait for you to fail.
“It will happen to (Gianluigi) Donnarumma too, but he must remain calm, because he is so strong. He will be well in Paris, even more than well. We texted each other during the European Championship, discussed PSG and more.’
Donnarumma sealed his move to the French capital just days after saving two penalties in the shootout against England in the Euro 2020 final, when Italy won the trophy for the first time in 53 years.
Donnarumma saved two England penalties in the final before moving to Paris Saint-Germain
Buffon, meanwhile, has returned to Parma after 19 trophy-laden seasons at Juventus
The 22-year-old, who was also named player of the tournament, had played 251 times for AC Milan since his debut at age 16, but decided to cancel his contract at the San Siro despite the club’s desire for it. to sign a new deal.
In the same interview, Buffon added that he hopes to compete with Donnarumma at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The 2006 World Cup winner will be 44 by then, with his current focus on helping Parma get back into Serie A after their relegation last season.