Paul Pogba helped Juventus win four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias and reach a Champions League final during his time in Turin.
It’s no surprise, then, that the majority of Juventus supporters were sad to see him leave for Manchester United.
But Gianluigi Buffon, who has seen plenty of players come and go during his 15 years at the club, didn’t appear too upset when he expressed his thoughts on the Frenchman’s departure.
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In fact, Buffon has a rather unique way of saying goodbye to Pogba. Instead of giving the midfielder a phone call, the Italy legend will simply keep up to date with Pogba’s career via social media.
The United midfielder regularly gives supporters an insight into his life on Twitter and Instagram, and it seems that Buffon will join the millions who follow him on social media.
Alvaro Morata also left Juventus in the summer, returning to Real Madrid, and Buffon had different ways of saying farewell to the pair.
“I spoke to Morata and we exchanged messages, but also via Simone Zaza, seeing as they talk often,” Buffon told Sky Sport Italia, via translation from Football Italia. “He sent us a message, he was really very polite and it was a real pleasure seeing him grow up to become a champion over the last two years.
“For Paul clearly it’s easier to follow him on social media, so we know what he’s up to.”
That’s the 21st century for you. But if you thought that Buffon’s decision not to speak with Pogba hinted at a rift between the two, you’d be very much mistaken.
The Italy international was effusive in his praise of his former teammate, calling him an “extraordinary champion”.
“I think at the end of the day he’s an extraordinary lad, an extraordinary champion and someone seeking an extraordinary career,” Buffon continued.
“At times, these careers go through an inevitable change of club. I wish both of them all the best, because they really helped us out over the last few years.”
Champions League aim
Pogba and Morata helped Juventus turn Serie A into a rather predictable league and, even though both are gone, the Old Lady’s dominant streak is set to continue with the arrivals of Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic, which weakens rivals Napoli and Roma respectively.
But the ultimate target for Juventus is the Champions League. It’s why Buffon asked Dani Alves, a three-time winner of the tournament with Barcelona, to become a leader in the locker room.
“I asked Dani Alves to help us, above all us older members of the team, to achieve the dream we are still chasing and help us push the bar a little higher,” the goalkeeper added.
“He is rather accustomed to certain targets and victories, so I think in that sense his experience can really help us.”