Italy have failed to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1958, marking an end of an era for many of their players.
The likes of Giorgio Chiellini (33), Andrea Barzagli (36) and Daniele de Rossi (34) have all now probably played their final match for the Azzurri.
While it’s sad to see these three great players call time on their international careers, it’s another player announcing his retirement that is making all the headlines.
After 175 caps, Gianluigi Buffon announced his retirement in an emotional interview after the match.
And while failing to qualify for the World Cup wasn’t exactly the retirement plans the 39-year-old had, he acted in a classy manner - something the legendary goalkeeper has managed to do throughout his illustrious career.
Even before the match started, Buffon was being praised for the way he applauded the Swedish national anthem as the Italian fans inside the San Siro booed.
But it wasn’t to be for Buffon and Italy as they failed to overturn the 1-0 deficit from the first-leg, drawing 0-0 in the return-leg.
The ‘keeper couldn’t hold back the tears moments after the final whistle as it was confirmed Italy wouldn’t be participating in the World Cup next summer.
But seeing Buffon so heartbroken left football fans devastated.
The much-loved ‘keeper is a hero both in Italy and around the world and it was such a sad sight.
Tributes poured in on social media as they attempted to cheer him up.
And possibly the best tweet came from his club, Juventus.
Juventus' tweet to Buffon
After seeing him in tears, he tweeted: “All Bianconeri are by your side @gianluigibuffon. You're the pride of our nation and the best goalkeeper in the world.”
Buffon's retirement plans
Buffon has already suggested he will retire from football altogether at the end of the season - unless he can win the Champions League with Juve.
"This is my last season and I'm pretty sure of the choices I make," he said.
"One or two more years wouldn't add or take away from what I've already achieved.
"The only way would be to win the Champions League. At that point, to try to win the Club World Cup, maybe (Wojciech) Szczesny could play one game and me another.
"But I think with a goalkeeper like him behind it is normal that next year I'll stand aside."
All neutral football fans will be hoping Juventus can win Europe’s elite competition so we can see one more season of Buffon.
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