Italy fans are in no doubt that their side’s exit from the Euro 2016 tournament was as devastating for Gianluigi Buffon as it was for them.
The goalkeeper and team captain was in tears after his side bowed out at the quarter-final stage, losing to Germany in a penalty shootout on Saturday night.
Gianluigi Buffon in tears at the end of the game.
Right in the feels. ☹️☹️☹️ pic.twitter.com/yQWu0nS9Iq— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 2, 2016
And when the team left their hotel the following day Buffon made a beeline for fans waiting outside. Rather than simply wave or sign autographs the beloved keeper hugged the Italian supporters.
The moment was captured by Italian journalist Paolo Menicucci, who admitted he was so overcome with emotion he had to put his camera down to wipe away tears.
No wonder the fans love Buffon, what a legend.