​It will be a sad day when Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon hangs up his boots for the last time.


The legendary goalkeeper is not only one of the best shot stoppers of all-time, he is also a remarkable human being who has time for anyone and everyone within the footballing world.


Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata has credited the 39-year-old with helping him get his career back on track with some sage advice, and Buffon now appears to be showing his class to yet another generation of strikers by lauding Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe in Juve's Champions League semi-final affair with the Ligue 1 club.

After the 18-year-old became the only player to score past I Bianconeri's steely defence in the knockout stages of UEFA's tournament in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat, Buffon congratulated Mbappe by giving him a fatherly bear hug and a cheeky kiss on the head.


In an age where footballers are arguably becoming less compassionate to their fellow players - particularly those who they don't know personally or haven't played with - they could learn a thing or two from Buffon's class act.


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