Excellent positional sense, sensational shot-stopping ability, courage and class. Many qualities are required by a goalkeeper to excel in his role and Gianluigi Buffon has them all in abundance, leading him to be considered one of the best, if not the very best in the world.
A pillar between the Bianconeri posts since arriving from Parma in 2001, Buffon has remarkably raised his game with every passing campaign at Juventus.
In 2015/16, he set a new record for minutes without conceding a goal in Italy’s top tier – a seemingly never-ending 973 – while the following season he made his 1000th professional career appearance.
The most capped player in Italian national team history, Buffon is also a World Cup winner (2006) and was named in the team of the tournament for his inspired performances in Germany.
With an infectious personality and relentless desire to win, Juventus’ captain is a true leader both on the pitch and in the dressing room.