“I swore to protect you”: Italy’s Buffon pens poetic missive to his goal

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Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon has a relationship few understand, and it’s with the goal he defends.

The legendary Italian keeper recently set a new Serie A shutout streak for most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal, one that ended at 974 minutes.

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Naturally, he turned to prose. Buffon responded by writing a bit of a love letter to said goal.

BT Sport’s James Horncastle put together a quick translation (we’ve included the original below).

Avevo 12 anni quando ti ho voltato le spalle. Rinnegai il mio passato per garantirti un futuro sicuro. Una scelta di…

Posted by Gianluigi Buffon on Monday, March 21, 2016