Nine hundred and ninety-nine not out! No, it’s not a cricket score, but the number of matches Gianluigi Buffon has played since becoming a professional footballer back in November 1995.
Juventus’ iconic keeper and captain is set to join the 1000 club tonight, as Italy take on Albania in a World Cup qualifier in Palermo.
An extraordinary milestone for an extraordinary man. Gigi’s career is simply littered with records that ought to be impossible.
Only last Sunday, he overtook Giampiero Boniperti as the player to have racked up the most minutes for Juventus in Serie A – a grand total of 39,707. That equates to four straight weeks between the sticks without a break, and that’s not even taking into account his appearances in the domestic and European cup competitions down the years.