In the past few days, we at the SPORTbible have tried to play down the fact that Gianluigi Buffon could miss out on next year's World Cup, but those horrible thoughts became a reality on Monday night.

Italy might have dominated in terms of possession, but the Italians couldn't find a breakthrough in their qualifier against Sweden and have therefore failed in their attempts to reach the World Cup. We simply cannot imagine a tournament without the famous Blue.

For the first time since 1958, the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini will not appear in next summer's competition in Russia and moments after the game, the famous goalkeeper broke down in tears as world football wept alongside the great man.

This might just be the most emotional interview of all time.

Credit: RAI

Here's how social media reacted to the news that one of the greatest of all time, Gianluigi Buffon, will not feature in the 2018 World Cup:

A sad day for football.

The World Cup in Russia just won't be the same without Gianluigi Buffon.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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