Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has joked he will mark his 1,000th professional football match by emulating Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt in the 2006 World Cup final.
How, then, would he like to go out? “Maybe I’ll do a Zidane and headbutt someone on the pitch,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
Zidane, the Real Madrid manager, was sent off in the 2006 World Cup final for ramming his head into the Marco Materazzi’s chest; it was his final appearance as a player.
“It’s a huge pleasure,” Buffon continued. “I can tell you there will be another thousand.”
Italy is second in group G, behind leader Spain, after four games. Friday’s tie against Albania will be played at the Stadio Friuli, home to Serie A club Udinese.
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