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Bannon tells of his pride.

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BARRY Bannan Barry Bannan (born December 1, 1989 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish professional football (soccer) player who currently plays for Aston Villa in the FA Premier League.  spoke of his pride at slotting a penalty past Gianluigi Buffon This article is about the Italian goalkeeper. For other uses, see Buffon (disambiguation).

Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[1][2]
 and branded Alessandro Del Piero Alessandro Del Piero, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[4][5] (born November 9, 1974 in Conegliano) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer. He is the captain of Juventus where he holds several club records (218 goal) and he is a member of the Italian national team.  "cocky" for fluffing his comedy spotkick.

The 19-year-old midfielder showed great courage to clinically beat the Italian international No.1 with Villa's first kick of the shoot-out.

And Bannan admits that he is still in awe of Del Piero despite his childhood hero embarrassing himself by scuffing his penalty.

"Getting out on the pitch playing amongst it was unbelievable," said Bannan.

"I would like to have played a bit more obviously and I didn't have much game time, but to go on tonight was brilliant.

"A plus point is scoring a penalty against one of the best keepers in the world.

"You tend to forget when you get out on the pitch because of the way the game's going, it is only after the game that you look back and think about what has just happened.

"Del Piero is a big name player, cocky, and we called that he was going to hit it straight down the middle, but he can do that to be fair.

"He has been there and done everything. He is a player that would try things that no other player would do, and he has tried it tonight and it has not come off.

"I've grown up watching the likes of him and Totti, thinking I just hope I can be as good one day," added Bannan.
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