Sunday 18 March 2018

VIDEO: Gianluigi Buffon confirms his hero status with this heartwarming gesture to a group of kids

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Another day, another example of Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon being a true gent.

After Ireland beat Italy 1-0 at Euro 2016 to advance to the knockout stage, Buffon - who was a replacement that night - was the first man over to Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane to say well done.

Buffon's zeal to pay tribute to the Irish management team was so great that he actually reached the duo before any of the Boys in Green could hug their coaches.

Read more: Gianluigi Buffon's gesture to Roy Keane at the final whistle proves he's the classiest man in sport 

That is just the kind of person Buffon is. After Italy were eliminated following a heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Germany, the Juventus icon was again magnanimous in defeat as he congratulated the victors.

Read more: Gianluigi Buffon proves his undoubted class again with gesture following German defeat

It seems that Buffon has carried his good grace into his off-season. This Juventus fans Facebook page have found this heartwarming video of Buffon playing in goal during a kick around with a group of kids.

It is nice to see that Buffon's intensity dips during his holidays from the usual manic aggression he uses to organise his defence.

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