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Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon supports Cameroon at the World Cup

Gianluigi Buffon has revealed which team he supports at the World Cup in Qatar. At a press conference after a meeting with Pope Francis, the 45-year-old was quite surprised.

The non-participation of his native Italy forced Buffon to look for another nation: “As always when Italy aren’t there, I try to follow the teams that my club-mates or friends play in, or those that are traditionally the underdogs belong,” Buffon said, adding: “In this case, the nation I always support is Cameroon. Cameroon has a special place in my heart.”

In an interview with the mark in 2017, the 2006 world champion explained why he became a goalkeeper: “When I was little, there was a myth in my life: Thomas N’Kono, the goalkeeper of Cameroon. I saw him play at the 1990 World Cup, and after Italy was my heart’s team against Cameroon,” said Buffon. That’s why he now supports Eric Maxim Choupo-Mouting and Co. at the finals in Qatar.

Cameroon’s national team meets Serbia, Brazil and Switzerland in Group G. The team is led by Inter Milan goalkeeper AndrĂ© Onana and the offensive by Karl-Toko Ekambi, Vincent Aboubakar and Bayern star Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.


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