Mon 06 September 2021 | 9:44

Buffon weighs in on Ronaldo and Donnarumma

The Parma shot-stopper believes the Portugal international ‘rightly thought about himself’ when making a move to Manchester United and insisted that Gianluigi Donnarumma’s decision ‘must be respected’.

Gianluigi Buffon

departed Juventus when the 2020-21 season ended and joined the Serie B side


. The shot-stopper talked about Italy’s two draws in the qualifiers of the World Cup to Radio Anch’io Sport.

The 43-year-old, who pulled off great performances in two of the Serie B games with Ducali, thinks Italy were unlucky to only earn two points from their last two matches.

Italy’s problem was good luck,”

Buffon told Radio Anch’io Sport.

“When you arrive from a great victory, where everything went in the right direction, things are going less well.

“Objectively, against Bulgaria and Switzerland, there were performances, we could have scored three goals in both games.

“Two draws on chance. If you replay those games 100 times, you win 90 of them.”

Ciro Immobile, the Lazio striker, was slammed for his display but Buffon backed him.

To question him is callous,”

Buffon said.

“Objectively, what he is showing in the League is something important, he has great numbers.

“Ciro works hard and fights a lot for the team.”

Buffon would like to make his sixth appearance at the World Cup, but he insisted Qatar 2022 is not set as a target for him.

I’m not aiming for anything. I want to be happy, my head and body are in charge,”

the veteran continued.

“With great pleasure and enthusiasm, I continue to play. Right now, I don’t consider the idea of quitting. I realise that I’m a very important player for the people, in Parma the fans entrust me with their dreams and hopes.

“If [CT Roberto] Mancini was to call me, we will see. The coach didn’t make any mistakes and we spoke for the last time two or three years ago. I don’t want to create unnecessary pressure.”

Buffon also talked about

Cristiano Ronaldo

’s departure from Juevntus this summer, as the Portuguese talisman joined

Manchester United


“I don’t think the fans should be surprised,” Buffon added. “He has the reputation of a great professional who rightly thinks about himself a lot.

“In these three years he has contributed with great performances and scored many goals. I don’t see anything illogical in his choice to leave, he thought a lot about it.

“Juve are in a transition period, I don’t know if it’s generational or the skeleton. You pay a bit when these things happen. When you have a coach like [Max] Allegri, maybe you don’t reach the target, but you get close to it.”

Gianluigi Donnarumma

made a move to

Paris Saint-Germain

when his deal expired at Milan, but he had his first two games of the season with Italy.

The choices of a lad, who is also a professional, must be respected,”

Buffon continued

. “After years in which he has not played at certain stages, he has chosen to go and no one can and must comment it.

“We are talking about a boy who has years and years left in his career, looking for the gratifications that I found.

“He was in a particular situation; Paris Saint-Germain have one of their strengths in goal and that’s why Keylor Navas is playing.

“I don’t think Gigio will have problems being a reference.”

source: SportMob

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