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Everything You Need To Know About Gianluigi Buffon's Football Career And Accomplishments (Photos)

Sanyaoluoluwaseunisaac 06/29/2020

The legendary Juventus talismanic shot-stopper Gianluigi Buffon has to put pen-to-paper on a new one-year deal with the Old Lady, meaning he will continue to turn out for Juve beyond his 43rd birthday.

One of the greatest goalkeepers of all-time, the experienced Italian joined the Serie A champions from Parma in 2001 - and quickly bust onto the scene and eventually became one of the best in the world.

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Buffon is widely regarded by players, pundits and managers as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and, by many, as the greatest ever. He holds the record for the longest streak without conceding a goal in Serie A history: over 12 league matches, he went unbeaten for 974 consecutive minutes during the 2015–16 season, achieving the most consecutive clean sheets (10) during that run. Buffon also holds the record for the most clean sheets in Serie A, and with the Italy national team. He is one of the few recorded players to have made over 1,000 professional career appearances.

Gianluigi Buffon Club Career

Parma F.C. (1995–2001)

After switching to the goalkeeping position, Buffon was called to step in as Parma F C youth team goalkeeper after the team’s goalkeeper suffered injury. He went on to put on an incredible performance which earned him a promotion to the team’s first choice goalkeeping position.

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At the age of 17, Buffon was promoted to the Parma first team where he featured in games against world-class players such as Ronaldo, George Weah and Roberto Baggio. In these encounters, Buffon made a mark by making impressive saves. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

In his second season with Parma, he was made the first team, the first-choice goalkeeper and thus he became a force in the goalkeeping world. His third season saw him make remarkable saves which earned him the nickname, the ‘Superman‘. In his fourth season at Parma, he helped his side win the UEFA Cup and thus won the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year Award, as well as a Ballon d’Or nomination. He went on to win the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year Award before he was transferred to Juventus for about €52 million in 2001.

Juventus (2001–2018)

After arriving at Juventus, Buffon was given the number #1 jersey and proved to be a foreman in the team. In his first four seasons at Juventus, He won the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, the UEFA Best Goalkeeper award, the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper on two occasions. He was named to the UEFA Team of the Year on two occasions and was nominated for the FIFA World Best Player Award. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Through 2004 – 2006, Buffon played incredibly well especially at the World Cup and his performance at the World Cup earned him second place in the Ballon d’Or and ranked him eighth in the UEFA Team of the Year.

Following Juventus involvement in a betting scandal, the team was stripped of two of its Serie A title and was relegated to Serie B. Rumours emerged that as a result, Buffon may leave the club, but he chose to stay and that made him very popular among the elated fans. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Through 2006-2011, Buffon continued to mesmerize fans with his excellent aerial saves and thus earned him several awards which include the Serie A Goalkeeper of the year award, IFFHS Goalkeeper of the Decade and nominations for the World Best Footballer. He also came down with injuries during this period.

Following the arrival of a new coach at Juventus, Buffon’s performance improved, but he saw tight competition from Bayern Munich goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer and Iker Casillas for the IFFHS Goalkeeper of the Year award. He was named goalkeeper of the Century by the IFFHS and earned several nominations for the FIFA Best Player of the Year award.

In 2017, after winning the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award and finishing third in the UEFA Best Men Player of the Year and earning a place in the UEFA Team of the Year, he signed a one year contract with the French side, PSG.

 Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) (2018–2019)

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At PSG, Buffon debuted for the club at the Trophée des Champions in 2018. Buffon alongside the attacking genius of the team made it an easy win. He went on to make his 121 champions league appearance with the club and then finished the season as Ligue 1 champions, before returning to Juventus.

Juventus (2019–date)

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In July 2019, he signed a one year contract with Juventus. He was given the captaincy and Number 1 jersey but he rejected both opting to wear the number 77 jersey. 

Gianluigi Buffon International Career

Buffon has had a rich international career since he was a youth. He played for Italy at the European U-16 championship in 1993, and the FIFA U-17 World Championship in 1993. He also played at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 1996.

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Buffon played for the first time in the World cup in 2002 and in the Euros in 2004. His second World Cup, the 2006 World Cup saw his side, Italy emerge World Champions. Buffon also played at the 2008 Euros, the 2009 Confederation Cup, the 2010 World Cup, the 2012 Euros, the 2013 Confederation Cup, the 2014 World Cup, and the Euro 2016.

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After Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Buffon hinted that he will retire. After playing a couple of international friendlies, he finally retired in May 2018.

Buffon’s talent will no doubt be used to coach younger Juve shot stoppers but his vast experience of high-end matches and how to handle the pressures will also be a vault of knowledge for coaches and outfield players to tap into.

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Top Comments
FunshoAdeoshun · 06/29/2020
one of the greatest goal keeper of the century
Andrezini · 06/30/2020
one of the Greatest of all times, he will forever cherish his heroics at Germany 2006 world cup, &won't forget CR7 over-head stunner in UEFA champions league with Real Madrid.
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definitely the best

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