Gigi Buffon will “regret Italy missing the 2018 World Cup for the rest of my life” and will only “probably” retire this summer.
He was about to become the first man ever to participate in six editions of the World Cup, but the Azzurri lost the play-off to Sweden.
“I will regret Italy missing the World Cup for the rest of my life,” the 39-year-old said in German magazine Der Spiegel.
“We took away that joy for children, that rapid heartbeat you get from watching your country play in an event like that.”
The Juventus captain insists on seeing the bigger picture and refuses to feel sorry for his own missed record.
“I see myself as a soldier at the service of my team and my country.”
Buffon turns 40 in January and has previously hinted he’ll retire at the end of the season, but may well reconsider.
“I will probably quit then, but will always be at the disposal of Juventus and the Nazionale.”