Excellent positional sense, courage, power and class. Many qualities are required by a goalkeeper to excel in his role and Gigi Buffon has them all in abundance, leading him to be considered one of the best, if not the very best in the world.
The Juventus captain has been honoured with this accolade on four occasions (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007), while the IFFHS, the International Institute for Football History and Statistics, declared him to be the best goalkeeper ever in 2009.
Buffon arrived from Parma in 2001 as the most expensive keeper in history and the 37-year old’s consistent brilliance for the Bianconeri, with whom he has won five Scudetto titles and four Italian Super Cups, has proven that he is still at the very top of his profession.
On the international scene, Gigi’s 148 appearances for the Azzurri make him the most capped player in Italian history. In 2006, Buffon was a world champion and was named in the team of the tournament for his inspired performances in Germany.
With an infectious personality and relentless desire to win, Gigi is a leader both on the pitch and in the dressing room.