The Italian legend goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who was also a part of the 2010 World Cup winning squad, was said to be one of the most liked and admired player in the Football World. It was really a very heartbreaking scene when Buffon was found crying after a match with Sweden in the 2018 Qualifying round. This match was a 0 – 0 Draw, and Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals. Soon, after the defeat, he retired from the International football. But taken back the retirement to play friendly matches.
He was still playing with his club Juventus until 30 June 2018. He spent 17 years with Juventus and has left tonnes of memories with his team-mates in Juventus.
After his contract ended with Juventus, his fans were wondering for the future his football career. But it was an amazingly wonderful news for many to know that Gianluigi Buffon has signed a 1-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain. This contract can be later extended for 1 more year.
Let’s have a look over the career of Gianluigi Buffon.
Gianluigi Buffon International Career:
Total matches played: 176 (1997-2018)
Most matches played for Italy: 176
Most matches played as a Captain for Italy: 80
Most matches played as a Goalkeeper captain: 80
Most Clean Sheets in a Single World Cup: 5 clean sheets in 2006 World Cup
World Cup won: 1
Gianluigi Buffon Club Career:
Most matches played for Italy: 876 (Parma & Juventus)
Most titles won: 9 (With Juventus)
Bravo award in 1999
Serie A Goalkeeper of the year award: 12 times
Best European Goalkeeper award: 3 times
IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper award: 5 times
IFFHS Best Goalkeeper of the decade: 2000 – 2010
IFFHS Best Goalkeeper of the 21st Century
Golden Foot in 2016
5 Cool Facts about Buffon you Must Know:
1: Italian legend goalkeeper started his career as a midfielder in the age of 10. But he later shifted to the goalkeeping department as he found his idol in Cameroonian goalkeeper Thomas N’Kono.
2: Pele named him in the FIFA 100 list of the World’s greatest living players.
3: His parents were also sportspersons, in fact, he belongs to an athlete family. His father was a weightlifter while his mother was a discus thrower. His mother also represented Italy at the national level. His sister Veronica was a well-known volleyball player and played for Italy national Volleyball team.
4: He is among the Top 10 players that have played more than 1000 official matches.
5: He is the most expensive goalkeeper of all times. Juventus paid a record 33 million Pounds to Parma for Buffon’s transfer.