Gianluigi Buffon is arguably one of the world’s best goalkeepers, the 37 year old was born on 28th January 1978 in Carrara Italy to a sports oriented family of five two sisters and parents. Buffon began his football career at an early age of 13 at parma youth team. Before settling for the position of goalkeeper the young Buffon tried several position inside the field of play, which included central and defending midfielder. His debut to mainstream professional football came up in 1994 when he featured for His club parma in a serie A (Italian top league) clash against league champions Milan. Buffon was named for the starting eleven for Parma in the 1996-1997 serie A season this was an early start to his long successful career. His performance was exceptional as he only conceded 17 goals in 27 appearances this was 90% clean sheet performance according to soccer statistics, This did not go unnoticed in the football fraternity inside Italy. In the same year 1997 on October 29th Gianluigi Buffon made his debut for the Italian national team during the World Cup qualifiers against Russia in Moscow, he came off the bench as a replacement for injured Gianluca Pagliuca and immediately made a spectacular save that helped the Italian team to qualify for the France 98 World cup. In 2001 Buffon transferred from his childhood club Parma to Juventus for a record 52.6 Million pounds making him the most expensive goalkeeper in football history. During his first appearances for Juventus Buffon maintained clean sheet for three matches and went on to help the club clinch the serie A during his first season with the club. It was not until the 2006 World Cup in Germany that Buffon raised to the global stage, serving as the Italian national team captain this exceptional goalkeeper played an important role throughout the tournament. His outstanding ability to organize and give orders from the goal post astonished all the world cup fans. He further led his team to win the World cup title by beating France in the final match through a penalty shootout, this won Buffon the Lev Yashin Award given to the best goalkeeper of the tournament This performance cemented Buffon’s place as the World’s best goalkeeper in the minds and hearts of football lovers. In his long career as a goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has achieved numerous records for his outstanding goalkeeping ability, With a record 126 international appearances for the Italian national team this ranks him the goalkeeper with the most appearances in the world.
He also holds the record 58 clean sheets for his country, he has won three awards for the European player of the year the most for any goalkeeper, he has played in five world cups since 1998 and has at the age 37 with 400 appearances for his club Juventus Buffon is the oldest goalkeeper in professional football today.
The football universe respects Gianluigi Buffon for his discipline and resilience inside and outside the football pitch, these outstanding qualities have earned him the honor of serving as both team and club captain for a long time.