Alessandro Del Piero wrote an open letter to Gigi Buffon congratulating him on his record 136th Italy cap tonight.
The goalkeeper will mark the occasion – matching Fabio Cannavaro’s tally – at the Juventus Stadium in Turin against the Czech Republic.
“Dear Gigi, just a couple of words (unusually in public…) to celebrate a great target that you'll reach tonight: 136 caps for Italy, you have tied the record of our friend - Fabio Cannavaro, the captain of ‘our’ World Cup,” wrote Del Piero on his blog.
“We shared a lot of these presences, sometimes suffering, but mostly getting crazy of joy. Just think of all the unforgettable memories both in Juventus and in the National team.
“I am happy that you can represent the Italian National Team with the captain's armband, achieving this prestigious goal. Good luck to you and the rest of the team for your qualification for Brazil 2014!