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10 reasons why we all love the Bearded Gent

It’s the Italian superstar’s birthday today but we didn’t really need much of an excuse to show his panenka.

1o. Because footballers with beards are better than footballers without beards

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9. And he got emotional when he wasn’t allowed have one

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8. He understands the science of the game

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7. But prefers its artistry

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6. His team-mates realise he can probably walk on water

A player of his level and ability, not to mention that he was free, I think was the signing of the century. [On Sunday] I thought God exists because it’s truly embarrassing just how good he is – Gianluigi Buffon

5. But that doesn’t mean he’s afraid to mix it with the toughest of opponents

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4. He’s been known to enjoy a glass of red wine

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3. And can make a mean cappuccino

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2. He did this against England in a penalty shoot-out

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1. And didn’t call his autobiography ‘My Story’, opting instead for ‘I think, therefore I play’

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A version of this piece was originally published on 19 May 2013

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