Gianluigi Buffon once joked that he could play until he is 65; he has reliable that, aged 40, he is prepared for a subsequent section after fasten Paris Saint-Germain.
What we competence not know
â€¢ Sport is in Buffon’s blood: mom Maria Stella hold a Italian discus record for 17 years; father Adriano was a inhabitant youth shot put champion; duration sisters Guendalina and Veronica played volleyball, Guendalina winning a European Cup with Matera. Former Milan and Italy screw Lorenzo Buffon was a cousin of Gianluigi’s grandfather.
â€¢ Buffon overcame a terrible fear of wasps. “Just before a diversion his goalkeeping manager told me Buffon couldn’t playÂ â€“Â he couldn’t chuck himself around given there were too many wasps,” Fabio Capello explained. “‘OK no problem,’ we said, and usually asked his student to get ready. Ten seconds later, Buffon told me his fear was over given he unequivocally wanted to play.”
â€¢ Buffon supports Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach in Germany: “When we was a child we didn’t know how to pronounce their name. we can do improved now, yet we still consider it’s not utterly right.” When Juventus met a Bundesliga outfit in a UEFA Champions League in 2015/16, Buffon gave a span of his gloves to their fans yet perceived zero in return. Gladbach after sent him a headband temperament a fable ‘A German team’Â â€“Â in jokingly since, like Buffon, many foreigners findÂ MÃ¶nchengladbach a bit of a mouthful.
â€¢ Buffon started out as a midfielder, apropos a screw given his favourite was former Cameroon and Espanyol protector Thomas N’Kono. He named his initial son Louis Thomas after him; his second, David Lee, is named in honour of Van Halen thespian David Lee Roth.
â€¢ As good as those dual sons with his former wife, Czech indication Alena Å eredovÃ¡, Buffon has a third, Leopoldo Mattia, with his new partner, TV presenter Ilaria D’Amico. D’Amico and Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri both mocked Buffon’s Tom Selleck-style beard in a TV interview.
â€¢ Buffon was a boss of home-town bar Carrarese for 3 years until 2015. The acronym on his gloves C.U.I.T. stands for Commando UltrÃ Indian Trips, a hard-core organisation of Carrarese fans.
International: 176 appearances
UEFA bar competition: 160 appearances
Domestic competition: 716 appearances
Claims to fame
â€¢ Made his comparison entrance aged 17 on 19 Nov 1995, gripping a purify piece in a 0-0 home pull with AC Milan, including critical saves from a likes of Roberto Baggio and George Weah.
â€¢ Having warranted his nickname by saving a chastisement from Internazionale Milano’s Ronaldo in 1997 and celebrating by display a fans a Superman T-shirt, Buffon won his initial European trophy, a 1999 UEFA Cup, as Parma kick Marseille 3-0 in a final. He carried a Coppa Italia a same season.
â€¢ In summer 2001, became a world’s many costly goalkeeper, Juventus signing him for over â‚¬50m. He landed a Scudetto in his initial tenure in Turin.
â€¢ In 2002/03, helped Juventus strech a UEFA Champions League final; his side drew 0-0 with Milan in Manchester yet mislaid on penalties, yet Buffon kept out dual mark kicks, carrying also finished an implausible greeting save from Filippo Inzaghi.
â€¢ The Old Lady were relegated to Serie B and nude of their 2004/05 and 2005/06 titles as partial of a match-fixing scandal, yet Buffon stayed with a club, assisting them benefit evident promotion. In Nov 2006, Juventus took out full-page adverts in Italy’s 3 categorical sports papers to appreciate their goalkeeper.
â€¢ In 2011, ex-Juve actor Antonio Conte took over as manager and led a Bianconeri to to 3 loyal titles, a initial though losing a game, and a third with a Serie A-record points transport of 102.
â€¢ Buffon claimed 4 serve championships underneath Allegri, and got to a 2015Â UEFA Champions League final, his group succumbing 3-1 to Barcelona in Berlin notwithstanding his extraordinary first-half stop from Dani Alves.
â€¢ In Mar 2016, aged 38, pennyless a 22-year record by going 974 mins though surrender in Serie A.
â€¢ Since Juventus’s 2017 detriment to Real Madrid, Buffon has common former team-mate Paolo Montero’s record of carrying seemed in a many European Cup finals though winning a competition: three.
â€¢ Won a pretension in his final deteriorate to turn a initial actor to win 9 Scudettos. He finished adult with 640 Serie A appearances, withdrawal him 7 bashful of Paolo Maldini’s record of 647.
â€¢ Buffon’s 160 UEFA bar foe games have finished W82 D41 L37; he has kept 65 purify sheets.
â€¢ On 29 Oct 1997, aged 19, Buffon finished his Azzurri debut, entrance on for a harmed Gianluca Pagliuca in a initial leg of a 1998 FIFA World Cup subordinate play-off opposite Russia in snowy Moscow; shortly after, he constructed an implausible save from Dmitri Alenichev.
â€¢ Conceded usually twice, an possess idea and a penalty, as Italy prisoner a 2006 World Cup in Germany. Among his heroics were stops from Lukas Podolski in a semi-final and afterwards from ZinÃ©dine Zidane in a final.
â€¢ Had another good contest during UEFA EURO 2012, captaining Italy to a final usually to remove 4-0 to Spain in Kyiv. Buffon and Italy would slay nemesis Spain in a UEFA EURO 2016 turn of 16 before agreeable on penalties to Germany in a quarters.
â€¢ During a 2014 debate in Brazil, Buffon became usually a third actor to have featured during 5 FIFA World Cups, alongside Mexico’s Antonio Carbajal and Germany’s Lothar MatthÃ¤us.
â€¢ After leading Fabio Cannavaro’s Italian record with a 137th coming in 2013, Buffon warranted his 168th Italy top to outstrip Iker Casillas and turn Europe’s many capped general ever.
â€¢ Played his 1,000th rival gameÂ â€“ a European Qualifier opposite Albania in Mar 2017Â â€“ and afterwards announced his retirement from general football in Nov 2017 carrying finished 175 Italy outings usually to subsequently retreat that decision: his final sum is 176.
What they say
“I am vacant he has never won a Ballon d’Or. He positively deserves it for all he has done. For me, he is a best goalkeeper in a story of a game. He is a footballing iconÂ â€“ a loyal legend.”
Leonardo Bonucci, ex-Juventus and Italy team-mate
“The fact Gigi Buffon started his career so immature helped me a lot. If we see a immature goalkeeper with a form he had during Parma starting to play for Italy given a coaches have faith in him, it gives we faith that we can do a same. we also started really young, during 17 or 18 … Whenever we get a chance, we have a good chat. It’s a loyalty fake over many years.”
Iker Casillas, Porto goalkeeper
“We are articulate about a No1 in a world. He has been a best via his career. we have been revelation him a same thing for 20 years: when a normal goalkeeper creates a mistake, nobody says anything, yet when Buffon creates a mistake, it’s news. But we can't disagree about Buffon. Buffon is Buffon, a No1.”
Marcello Lippi, former Juventus and Italy coach
What he says
“It’s humorous when they write your necrology and afterwards we go and infer them wrong. Now they can go to my wake yet they won’t find anyone there. This is what we live for, to make people eat their words.”
“I haven’t mislaid an awful lot in my life, yet a defeats have taught me some-more than a victories. Whenever we lose, we concentration on a ability of my opponents and on a mistakes we made. Not looking for excuses is a right thing to do.”
“The many critical thing for a goalkeeper is a clarity of certainty we broadcast to others. You have to broadcast that, regardless of how we competence indeed be feeling. Even if we are not certain of yourself, we need others trust we have control of a conditions and they can rest on you. A bold goalkeeper means a bold team.”
“You see how good a No1 is in a diversion or even a pierce after he creates a mistake, when they are filled with distress and indecision. The some-more mistakes we make, a worse it gets, given your certainty goes. But for me it’s a other approach round. Being in a eye of a charge excites me.”
[On fasten Paris] “For a initial time in my career, we am withdrawal my nation and usually a plan this desirous could have speedy me to make such a decision.”