Kylian Mbappe recently wished the veteran goalie his birthday while noting him as a father figure. And now, Gianluigi Buffon says it is normal for the PSG kid to think of him as ‘a father figure or even a grandpa’. The legendary goalkeeper joined the French side Paris Saint-Germain on a year-long deal in the summer transfer window last season.
PSG utilized his vast experiences since his joining as he has distinguished career playing for the Italian national team and also in Serie A. And recently, the legendary goalie said he has a strong friendship with PSG star Kylian Mbappe. He also expressed that the youngster already gained acceptance from his older teammates.
Joyeux Anniversaire Papy Gigi 🎁🎉.
Un honneur immense d’avoir cette opportunité de te côtoyer et d’apprendre à tes côtés au quotidien, tu es une référence absolu 🇮🇹👑 @gianluigibuffon pic.twitter.com/6gDhmZRxOE
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) January 28, 2019
In January last month, PSG forward Kylian Mbappe celebrated Gianluigi Buffon’s birthday as he jokingly tweeted “Happy birthday, Grandpa Gigi. An immense honor to have this opportunity to rub shoulders with you and learn by your side every day.” And while talking about it, the veteran goalkeeper expressed he has no problem with it.
Gianluigi Buffon recently told CNN, “It’s only normal that Kylian, who is 20, thinks of me as a father figure or even a grandpa. But I think that’s nice,” and added “I’ve experienced so many wonderful things in my career. Firstly as a young, adolescent, cocky player who was surrounded by older players and my mission then was to be accepted by them.”
The star goalkeeper said, “Then as a young man, and lastly as an older man who meets a young man who was just like me when I was the same age.” He added “This is all part of the difficulties of life, and you understand how different people’s opinions are, and by changing your point of view over time you see how things can be different. But I must say it’s all part of the rich fabric of life.”
He further expressed that he has a great friendship with the young PSG forward and said “And when I joke about with Kylian, we have a friendly rapport and it feels like we’re the same age. The way I see it, we have to find common ground and I have to act in a younger way and he has to think along the lines of someone slightly older perhaps.”