There is no doubt that Gianluigi Buffon is one of the most capped players in international teams of all time. He came up with 167 caps, and he tried and succeeded in matching Iker Casillas of Spain. Through this, the Italian legend has finally made some major milestones. This was all expected from this greatest player. He had all the abilities in him, and he showed it up at the right time.
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Gigi is his nickname, and he was highly affectionate about this. With Parma in the year 1995, he started his professional career. However, in this time he was just 17 years old. Soon enough, Buffon was the most popular household name.
By 1997, he welcomed by the national team. Just after a year, he entered one of his many world cups. It was in 1998 when he was 20 years old, and he got the chance to play in the world cup. This is something astonishing, and we cannot expect such quick talent in all the players.
By this age, he was already one of the premier shot-stoppers all over the world. He did everything to solidify himself and led Parma to the top victories, and everybody could witness it at Coppa Italia. He showed all his talent and led the team even in the Supercoppa Italiana and the UEFA Cup. Because of his immediate talent, he grabbed all the attention, and that resulted in the team finishing ’96-’97 seasons.
He joined Juventus in the year 2001. At this point, he encountered one more immediate success, and they won back Serie A titles. Of course, the rest is history. Later, he was the one who successfully led the Italian backline for all the best 4- straight World Cups. Through this, he came and grabbed the position of the sixth player in the record by 2018.
Buffon is a legend. The best thing is, he is not only a legend just for Italy, but he grabbed the highest popularity all over the world. He has led an incredible career, and he is one of the best goalkeepers the world has encountered. Even the top players of Italy and others from the world agree that he was not only the best player in Italian history, but he is the top class player over the globe. He was the best and incomparable goalkeeper of this generation.
Even though there were great goalkeepers, there is no comparison to Buffon. We cannot compare Buffon to any top-class players who came and disappeared in the past. There is one more point to make, and that is Gigi successfully changed the position of goalkeeping forever. Before this, he was called the sweeper-keeper. He had that maximum aggressiveness for the game, and his positioning is incomparable. He was the pillar behind the success of his team.