Gianluigi Buffon's gesture to Roy Keane at the final whistle proves he's the classiest man in sport
Published 22/06/2016 | 22:14
Ireland are through to the last 16 of Euro 2016 after a historic 1-0 win over Italy.
The Azzurri rested some of their regular players but Ireland's performance was still filled with intensity and endeavour, and they were well worth their win.
Gianluigi Buffon must have thought so too. The legendary goalkeeper was the first person onto the pitch at the final whistle to congratulate the Irish management team.
He grabbed both Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill in a warm embrace that seemed genuine. And why wouldn't it?
Italy's spot at the top of the group was already assured, and Buffon has been around long enough to know what a result like that means.
Still, a brilliant gesture from Buffon.
Haha beautiful of Buffon to celebrate with Roy Keane and O'Neill pic.twitter.com/jo0diDQTWD— hash (@hashim0307) June 22, 2016