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 André Onana and the offensive by Karl-Toko Ekambi, Vincent Aboubakar and Bayern star Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.