Buffon drops his shorts for Juventus fan after Barça draw

JUVENTUS 0-0 BARCELONA

Buffon drops his shorts for Juventus fan after Barça draw

Gianluigi Buffon shorts | The veteran goalkeeper bucked tradition by removing his shorts, rather than his shirt, to hand to a supporter in the crowd.

MARCO BERTORELLO

AFP

The veteran goalkeeper bucked tradition by removing his shorts, rather than his shirt, to hand to a supporter in the crowd.

Footballers usually throw their jersey to fans at the final whistle but Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon stunned one supporter by giving him his shorts after Wednesday's Champions League draw against Barcelona.

Buffon back after Italy fail to make the World Cup

The 39-year-old Buffon was competing for the first time since his emotional international retirement after Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Barcelona advanced to the last 16 after the 0-0 draw in Turin but Juventus remain second in the group and can secure their qualification with victory at Olympiacos on December 5.

An exuberant Buffon ran to hug Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic after the game following a social media exchange on the eve of the game when the Croatian had said he would love to tell Italian goalkeeping great to take his place in the 2018 World Cup.

After embracing Rakitic, Buffon then pulled off his orange shorts and ran towards the tunnel in his Y-fronts to the cheers of the delighted crowd.

Buffon drops his shorts for Juventus fan after Barça draw

Champions League the final ambition

"This is only a point tonight, but it's a good point," Buffon later Tweeted. "It's always a pleasure and an honour to play against great champions, like Ivan Rakitic."

Buffon -- who earned a record 175 caps for Italy over 20 years -- had been targeting a record sixth World Cup appearance in Russia.

He announced his international retirement after the 1-0 play-off defeat to Sweden which saw Italy miss the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Playing likely his final season with Juventus, Buffon has one final ambition: to win the Champions League, after finishing runner-up twice in the past three years.

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