Widely regarded as the greatest goalkeeper by professional players, excellent managers and loyal football fans, Gianluigi Buffon, the 39-year-old man, plays for Serie A club Juventus and Italy national team. He is currently the most expensive goalkeeper in history, following his €52 million transfer from Parma to Juventus in 2001, as well as being the most expensive Italian player.
Buffon has got 10 titles of Serie A, one title of Serie B, 3 titles of Coppa Italia, 6 titles of Supercoppa Italiana, one title of UEFA Europe League in his football career by now. Besides, Juventus FC reached the final of UEFA Champions League 4 times with the help of Buffon.
He finished his international debut playing for Parma in 1995 Serie A. After that, Buffon helped Italy national team win the 18th FIFA World Cup and get runner-up in 14th European Football Championship.
Buffon has also won numerous, prestigious individual awards. He was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players in 2004. Buffon was the winner of the 2006 Yashin Award following Italy’s World Cup victory. In 2017, he won The Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award and placed fourth in The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award. He has been named the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year a record eleven times.
Italy national team will miss 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Buffon cried and he said he was disappointed for himself and the Italian football development because he didn’t win the game that was of great importance for his country. He announced his retirement from Italy national team after the game.
As for Italy football shirts designed for the team as well as Buffon, loyal fans will not miss them.