Iker Casillas sent Gianluigi Buffon a video message at the Gazzetta dello Sport awards, which the Juventus goalkeeper says “really touched me”.
Buffon was awarded the Athlete of the Year prize at last year’s ceremony, and was treated to video message from the Spaniard, and a visit from his hero, Thomas N’Kono.
Gazzetta reports that Buffon was visibly moved by Casillas’ message, stating afterward “the first time we faced each other he asked for me shorts - he used them as pyjamas”.
Today Buffon has thanked his longtime rival and friend on Twitter, writing “you're a friend as usual. What you said yesterday during the Gazzetta Sports Awards really touched me. Thank you so much!”
At last night’s awards, Buffon also paid tribute to N’Kono who inspired him to become a goalkeeper.
“I fell in love with the role of goalkeeper when I watched him on TV playing for Cameroon,” the veteran said.
“When he had his farewell game I surprised him by introducing myself to him out of the blue, I didn’t even have boots on.”