What Michael Owen said about Gianluigi Buffon after Real Madrid match went down terribly


Roma did the unthinkable on Tuesday night by beating Barcelona 3-0 to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Twenty-four hours later, Juventus needed to do something very similar.

The Old Lady knew they needed to score at least three goals to join Serie A rivals Roma in the last four.

And after an hour, they had done just that.

A first-half headed brace from Mario Mandzukic gave Juve hope before Blaise Matuidi capitalised on Keylor Navas’ error to put Massimiliano Allegri’s on level terms on aggregate.

It was set up for an incredible finale - and that’s exactly what it was.

In the 93rd-minute, Mehdi Benatia barged into Lucas Vázquez and English referee Michael Oliver pointed to the penalty spot.


Juve were fuming and the most fuming of them all was Gianluigi Buffon.

In his final act in Champions League football, the legendary goalkeeper went mental in Oliver’s face and may have put hands on him during his remonstrations.

That was enough to see him shown a red card.

We’ll never see Buffon again in Champions League football.

Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t let the lengthy stoppage in play prevent him from becoming the hero as he smashed the ball past Wojciech Szczesny.

While Madrid fans will be jubilant, football fans were devastated to see the way in which Buffon bowed out of Champions League football.


However, Michael Owen wasn’t quite as sensitive.

Moments after the final whistle, Owen attempting to analyse what happened to the legendary goalkeeper.

However, what happened was yet another awful piece of punditry from Owen.

The best he could come out with was: “The consolation for Buffon is that he won't miss the semi-final because of the red card,” whilst laughing to himself.

The very unimpressed reactions from Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand said it all.

And it wasn’t just Ferdinand and Gerrard that were unimpressed.


Football fans on social media were killing Owen for such a ridiculous comment.

Rather ironically, back in 2017 Buffon jokingly suggested that he would end his international career like Zinedine Zidane did - by headbutting someone.

While he didn’t quite headbutt anyone - nor was it international football - it was a spectacular way to leave European football.

"How do I imagine my last game? Maybe I’ll go out like Zidane, headbutting someone on the pitch!" Buffon said. 

“But before I think about how I’ll end my career, we need to go to the World Cup in Russia in 2018. Maybe my last game could be at the World Cup.

"I still have some time to think about it though."

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