Leonardo Bonucci has backed his former Juventus team-mate Gianluigi Buffon over his reaction to Real Madrid’s dramatic late penalty in last week’s Champions League quarter-final.
The defender, now a Milan player, admits he also would have lost control had he been on the pitch in the Bernabeu.
Buffon, playing his final Champions League match, was sent off by English referee Michael Oliver for his enraged protests at the decision to award a penalty when Medhi Benatia fouled Lucas Vazquez.
Having clawed back a three-goal deficit from the first leg, Juventus were moments away from forcing extra time, only for Cristiano Ronaldo to convert the spot-kick and send reigning champions Real through to the semi-finals.
‘If I thought “thank goodness I’m not there” when he whistled the penalty? Yes,’ Bonucci, who joined Milan last summer, told Premium Sport.
‘I thought it because maybe I couldn’t keep my instincts under control.’
Bonucci added: ‘Gigi is the greatest goalkeeper in the history of football.’
Madrid were drawn against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals as Liverpool face Roma for a place in the May 26 final in Kiev.