Gianluigi Buffon, at the tender age of 17, made his first appearance as a professional for Parma against Milan on 19 November 2015.
Twenty years later, the legendary goalkeeper, now of course the captain and icon of Juventus, may well line up for the Bianconeri on Saturday evening to face the same opposition almost 20 years ago to the day.
A knock to the right flexor muscle sustained against Romania while on international duty during the week had threatened to spoil Buffon’s remarkable historical timing yet the 37-year old is confident that he will be there at Juventus Stadium on Saturday night to complete the story.
Speaking to Sky and Mediaset in a special 20th anniversary interview to be aired over the next 24 hours, he began: “I’m feeling fine. I felt a slight twinge that perhaps should have kept me out of action for four or five days but after my medical check, that appears not to be the case. I’m confident I’ll play.”
“This match against Milan, like all of the others between now and Christmas will have a big say in the fate of our campaign. We’re lucky that there are still so many points to play for but that also carries great responsibility.”