Gianluigi Buffon is celebrating his 36th birthday today.
The winner of six Scudetto titles, a Serie B championship and four Italian Super Cups with Juve (not to mention the small matter of the 2006 World Cup), Buffon has formed the reassuringly solid backbone of tremendous successes over the course of an extraordinary 13-year Juventus career.
But even such an impressive haul cannot do justice to the greatness of the club’s captain, by now a true Bianconeri symbol. He pushes himself constantly to achieve new milestones - that extra trophy, that new record - and has an irrepressible desire to win.
With this in mind, it’s in true Buffon style that he is spending his special day beginning preparations for Sunday’s Derby D’Italia along with his team-mates in Vinovo.
All associated with Juventus Football Club wish Gigi many happy returns.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 28, 2014
Mi state scrivendo in tanti, ringraziarvi uno ad uno sarebbe impossibile... ma apprezzo molto il gesto! Oggi i numeri uno siete voi...
— Gianluigi Buffon (@gianluigibuffon) January 28, 2014
So many of you are writing to me that thanking every one of you would be impossible...but I really appreciate the gesture! Today it's you lot who are number one!