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Gianluigi Buffon sends class message to Iker Casillas following the Spaniard retirement


Legendary Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon has paid a glowing tribute to fellow goalkeeper Iker Casillas after the Real Madrid icon confirmed his retirement.
Casillas announced on Tuesday that he was hanging up his gloves and tribute has been flowing for the Spaniard since.
On an Instagram post, Casillas said: “The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination that it takes you. Because that with work and effort comes alone and I think I can say, without hesitation, that it has been the path and the dream destination.”
Buffon who had fond memories of his fellow keeper took to Twitter to say: “They say competition makes us better than others but not perfect faced with ourselves.
“Maybe this futile pursuit of perfection is what made us who we are. #Grac1as Iker, without you, everything would have been less meaningful.”
Casillas who finished his playing days at Porto has an array of titles in his name including the World Cup, two European Championships, five LaLiga titles and three Champions League.
In his time at Real Madrid, he made 725 appearances for the Spanish giants over 16 seasons between 1999 and 2015.
Casillas won 167 caps for Spain (a record only bettered only by Spanish compatriot Sergio Ramos) and was captain when they became world champions in 2010 and triumphed at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.
The 39-year-old, who hasn’t played competitively since suffering a heart attack during a training session 18 months ago, is expected to take up an ambassadorial role with Real to work alongside president Florentino Perez.

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