Gianluigi Buffon leaves San Siro with Daniel Maldini’s shirt to add to his father-son collection


‘I have Chiesa and son, Thuram and son, Weah and son’: Gianluigi Buffon leaves San Siro with Daniel Maldini’s shirt as he adds to his collection of father and son jerseys

Gianluigi Buffon walked away from the San Siro with a smile on Thursday night, after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late penalty against AC Milan in the Coppa Italia.

However, it wasn’t just the result the Juventus veteran was delighted with as he walked off with Daniel Maldini’s shirt – son of AC Milan legend Paolo.

The youngster’s shirt becomes the fourth in a collection of father-son jersey’s Buffon is gathering.

Gianluigi Buffon proudly drapes Daniel Maldini's shirt over his shoulder on Thursday

Gianluigi Buffon proudly drapes Daniel Maldini’s shirt over his shoulder on Thursday

The Juventus veteran presents the shirt to reporters after the 1-1 draw against Milan at San Siro

The Juventus veteran presents the shirt to reporters after the 1-1 draw against Milan at San Siro

It’s a rich sign of the 42-year-old’s longevity that he has managed to collect three father-son combinations already: George and Timothy Weah, Lillian and Marcus Thuram, and Enrico and Federico Chiesa’s shirts.

After the match, Buffon told reporters: ‘In my collection I have Enrico Chiesa and his son, George Weah and his son, Paolo Maldini and his son. Now I’m waiting for their grandchildren!’ 

Controversy struck in the dying moments on Thursday after referee Paolo Valeri awarded the visitors a penalty after consulting VAR, following a harsh handball call.

Buffon (top, second from left) also has Paolo Maldini's (top, left) shirt in his collection

Buffon (top, second from left) also has Paolo Maldini’s (top, left) shirt in his collection

Buffon (right) has also collected three other father-son jersey combinations, including Lillian and Marcus Thuram (left)

Buffon (right) has also collected three other father-son jersey combinations, including Lillian and Marcus Thuram (left)

Replays showed that Ronaldo’s scissor kick had struck the arm of AC Milan defender Davide Calabria from point-blank range.

Ronaldo stepped up to score the spot-kick to cancel out Ante Rebic’s 61st-minute volley.

The two sides will go head-to-head again in the second leg in Turin on March 4.



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