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Buffon thanks Rakitic for World Cup offer

FILE - In this file photo taken on Nov. 13, 2017, Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, and Federico Bernardeschi react to their team's elimination in the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy. Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio resigned on Monday, a week after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Buffon thanks Rakitic for World Cup offer

Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic attends a press conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League soccer match against Juventus, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Dries Mertens scores their third goal REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Pepe Reina after the match REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Pepe Reina after the match REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Dries Mertens celebrates scoring their third goal with Napoli's Allan REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Piotr Zielinski celebrates scoring their second goal with Napoli's Dries Mertens REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Dries Mertens reacts REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Dries Mertens celebrates scoring their third goal with team mates REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Piotr Zielinski celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Dries Mertens celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Shakhtar Donetsk's Facundo Ferreyra gestures towards Napoli's Amadou Diawara REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Pepe Reina is shown a yellow card by referee Damir Skomina REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Dries Mertens celebrates scoring their third goal with team mates REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Piotr Zielinski celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Piotr Zielinski scores their second goal REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Jose Callejon in action with Shakhtar Donetsk's Ismaily REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Shakhtar Donetsk's Bernard in action REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Dries Mertens reacts after missed chance REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Marek Hamsik REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne in action with Shakhtar Donetsk's Marlos REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne in action with Shakhtar Donetsk's Bohdan Butko REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Jose Callejon in action with Shakhtar Donetsk's Bernard REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Dries Mertens and Shakhtar Donetsk's Bohdan Butko REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Shakhtar Donetsk's Taison shoots at goal REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Shakhtar Donetsk's Taison in action with Napoli's Piotr Zielinski REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Jose Callejon in action with Shakhtar Donetsk's Andriy Pyatov REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Napoli's Dries Mertens and Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne warm up before the match REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - November 21, 2017 Fans before the match REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Champions League - Juventus Press Conference

Soccer Football - Champions League - Juventus Press Conference - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - November 21, 2017 Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic during the press conference REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Champions League - Juventus Press Conference

Soccer Football - Champions League - Juventus Press Conference - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - November 21, 2017 Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri during the press conference REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Champions League - Juventus Press Conference

Soccer Football - Champions League - Juventus Press Conference - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - November 21, 2017 Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic during the press conference REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Champions League - Juventus Press Conference

Soccer Football - Champions League - Juventus Press Conference - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - November 21, 2017 Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic during the press conference REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Champions League - Juventus Press Conference

Soccer Football - Champions League - Juventus Press Conference - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - November 21, 2017 Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic during the press conference REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Champions League - Juventus Press Conference

Soccer Football - Champions League - Juventus Press Conference - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - November 21, 2017 Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic during the press conference REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Champions League - FC Barcelona Training

Soccer Football - Champions League - FC Barcelona Training - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - November 21, 2017 Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez during training REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Champions League - FC Barcelona Training

Soccer Football - Champions League - FC Barcelona Training - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - November 21, 2017 Barcelona’s Lionel Messi during training REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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