In a glorious career spanning almost 21 years, over 15 of which in the black and white of Juventus, Gianluigi Buffon continues to do the business between the sticks.
Today the Bianconeri’s iconic keeper and captain received rightful recognition for his on-field exploits and inspirational personality off it as he picked up the 14th edition of the Golden Foot Award today in Monte Carlo.
The prestigious prize, reserved to players over the age of 28, has previously been lifted by former Juve greats Roberto Baggio (in 2003), Pavel Nedved (2004) and Alessandro Del Piero (2007) while Dino Zoff, Michel Platini, Paolo Rossi and David Trezeguet have all been winners of the “Legends” category.
Each edition previews an International Committee of journalists who compile a shortlist of ten nominees, subsequently voted by supporters online. This year’s top ten players included ex Bianconero Andrea Pirlo as well as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Edinson Cavani, Frank Lampard, Iker Casillas, Kakà, Thiago Silva and Wayne Rooney.
In lifting today’s prize, Buffon becomes the first ever goalkeeper to win the Golden Foot Award (with Zoff’s acknowledgement coming as a “Legend”), marking yet another milestone in an extraordinary career that shows no sign of slowing down.