Gianluigi Buffon found out the hard way this weekend that you either die a hero or hang around long enough to play against the children of your former teammates (whilst still being pretty heroic).
On 21st August, 1999, Buffon played alongside Lilian Thuram for Parma against an AC Milan side that featured George Weah in what was the final time all three players shared the same pitch.
On 18th August, 2018, Buffon started in goal for PSG in a matchday squad that included Timothy Weah, son of George, against a Guingamp team that included Marcus Thuram, son of Lilian.
Indeed, it was Thuram Jnr who managed to snag the 40-year-old stopper’s shirt after the final whistle…
1997: Marcus Thuram is born in Parma while his dad Lilian Thuram and Gianluigi Buffon were club team-mates 🇮🇹
2018: Marcus Thuram and Gianluigi Buffon swap shirts after playing against each other in Ligue 1 🇫🇷
Woah 😳 pic.twitter.com/rRm30Cf5UA
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 18 August 2018
After entering the fray as an 82nd-minute substitute, Weah Jnr wasted little time getting himself on the score sheet in a 3-1 away victory for PSG.
Buffon also excelled once again, defying his creaking, cod liver oil-coated joints to pull off a tremendous reflex save early on…
Vive la longévité!