Gianluigi Buffon reacts as Italy fans boo the German national anthem

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Gianluigi Buffon seems to do something new every week to further enhance his reputation as one of football’s good guys.

The 38-year-old, arguably the greatest goalkeeper of all time, clearly has a huge amount of respect for his teammates, opponents and football supporters in general. Many top-level footballers could take a leaf out of the Italy international’s book.

Buffon sticks up for what he believes is right - as we saw during Tuesday night’s international friendly match between the Azzurri and Germany on Tuesday evening.

As the German national anthem began to play inside the San Siro, the Italian supporters began to whistle and boo.

Unimpressed by the reaction from the Italian fans, Buffon decided to intervene by applauding. He was then joined by his teammate standing next to him, Matteo Darmian. (Scroll down to watch the video).

Video: Buffon reacts as German anthem is booed

Buffon did the same thing v France in September

Buffon looked pretty disgusted by the incident but it’s not the first time this has happened in recent months.

Italy fans also whistled the French national anthem in September and Buffon, once again, clapped in a bid to drown out the idiotic boos.

His quick thinking earned him praise from FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

“I was very impressed by the fact that when some idiots started to whistle the [French] anthem, Buffon started clapping, his team joined in and so did the entire stadium,” Infantino told L’Equipe, per Football Italia.

“It was a great win for civilisation over ignorance, and I’d like to compliment Buffon. He’s an example for everyone.”

Buffon signed pitch invader's shirt last week

Buffon also made headlines last week after giving a pitch invader an autograph while the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Italy and Liechtenstein was in progress.

Against Germany, the veteran keeper was subbed off at half-time for the man considered to be his successor in the Italian national team, Gianluigi Donnarumma.

For the teenager with his whole career ahead of him, there’s no better example - both as a footballer and as a man - than Buffon.

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