Everyone knows that all goalkeepers are a little bit mental.
That rule doesn’t exclude legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who has just celebrated setting a new Serie A record in bizarre fashion.
The 38-year-old needed to survive four minutes without conceding against Torino on Sunday to break Sebastiano Rossi’s record of going 929 minutes unbeaten.
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Buffon managed to last until the 48th minute before Andrea Belotti scored a penalty against him, setting a new record of 974 minutes without letting a goal in.
How would he celebrate his incredible triumph?
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By writing a letter of course.
But not to Juventus - the club where he has played for 15 seasons.
Not to his teammates that have all helped him set this incredible record.
And not to his fans that have supported him during his brilliant career.
But to the goalposts that he defends.
He posted his words on Twitter which can be seen below:
If you can’t read Italian, here is the translation:
"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 around 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."
Strange, but you can’t deny that it’s also incredibly touching and we won’t blame you if you shed a tear whilst reading that.
Milan goalkeeper Rossi had set the record back in 1994 and Buffon managed to beat it after keeping ten consecutive clean sheets in the league.
Despite conceding against Torino, Buffon’s side still ran out 4-1 winners as they remained three points clear at the top of the table.
Buffon’s form has seen the Old Lady recover from a disappointing start to the campaign to rise up the standings into first place.
Let’s hope Buffon still has plenty of years still left in him because there’s no denying he’s one of the greatest goalkeepers in football history.
At least when he does retire, we all know what he can do in his spare time: write emotional letters.
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