The day a World Cup winner predicted the rise of Andy Carroll
Gianluigi Buffon's World Cup may look like it's all over but the Italian A-list celeb will probably never forget the day he spoke to the Evening Chronicle three years ago.
Well maybe he has already but it was Buffon who provided me with probably the most bizarre interview I've ever had.
The Italian could well pass for a Sicilian mafia member and here he was standing as cool as cucumber having just played for the mighty Juventus at St James' Park with the ultimate opportunist moment for any journo to grab some elusive words.
He's just picked the ball out of his net from Andy Carroll with the Geordie striker scoring his first senior goal at St James' Park - even the fresh faced teenager didn't look like he'd realised what he'd just done in beating the World Cup winner.
Of course moments before Carroll scored, Buffon had almost broke the big striker's neck in an awful challenge that in non-friendly circumstances would certainly have resulted in a red card.
And so after, Buffon had addressed the Italian media, I took my chance.
As the 6ft 3in monster started to walk up the corridor in the media room, my hand came out and as time stood still, Buffon glared down at me with eyes that looked like he was staring down the barrel of a gun.
"Two minutes Gigi mate?"
The reply was a nod but a reluctant one, and so the question was: what do you make of Andy Carroll?
The response came in Italian, even though he understood the questions in English.
Some laughter from the Italian Press pack suggested he was taking the p*** but I'd be wrong - even if I did have to go down to an Italian restaurant on the quayside and get a waiter to translate!
A brave question in the circumstances, but to my disbelief, Buffon went on to sing the praises of Carroll and told me in Italian: "Carroll played like what we call in Italy a paintbrush striker, he was there to add the finishing touch.
"He played well on his own and although Newcastle were aiming for his head with some of their passes, he showed he can play with his feet too because he laid the ball off excellently to the supporting midfielders.
"He will be an asset because he can find the players around him in different ways and has already shown he has great awareness."
Perhaps Carroll has had to wait a little longer to show that awareness but Buffon's haven't been too far off the mark.