Ten Buffon memories for Juventus fans to cherish
As Gianluigi Buffon prepares to play his final game for Juventus, it is set to be a sad and emotional occasion in Turin against Hellas Verona on Saturday.
At a press conference on Friday, the 40-year-old confirmed that the last match of the Serie A season will also be his last for the club, following 17 successful years after joining from Parma.
We reflect upon some things fans may not remember or that they can reflect on happily as Buffon bows out as a Bianconeri legend.
Hh holds the Serie A record for the longest time between conceding goals, going 973 minutes without picking the ball out of the back of his net from January until March in 2016 before Andrea Belotti ended his streak in the Derby della Mole.
A millennium man
After Paolo Maldini, he became just the second Italian to reach 1,000 professional games in all competitions, reaching the milestone in a World Cup qualifier against Albania in 2017.
Trophies, trophies, trophies!
Nobody in Juventus history has won as many trophies as Gigi. The 19 winners’ medals that he holds from his time with the Bianconeri is a club record.
He has clocked in the most minutes played for Juventus in Serie A, the European Cup/Champions League, Supercoppa Italiana and indeed, all competitions.
Highs and lows
Buffon cites his best moment in the game as Juve’s first Scudetto since returning from Serie B which they won in 2011/12 and the World Cup win, while his first Champions League final loss in 2003 was his worst.
A hard man to beat
He holds the record for most clean sheets in a single Serie A season, having shut opponents out 21 times in both 2011/12 and 2015/16.
No player in Serie A history has won as many Scudetti as Buffon, whose nine titles remains an all time record along with Giovanni Ferrari, Giuseppe Furino and Virginio Rosetta.
ANOTHER goalkeeping record? Yes.
It is staggering the amount of achievements he can boast. His 10 successive Italian top flight games without conceding a goal is also, unsurprisingly, yet another record he proudly holds.
Money well spent
To this date and in spite of ever rising transfer fees, the €52 million that Juventus paid to recruit him from Parma in 2001 remains the all-time record fee paid for a goalkeeper.
Proving his loyalty
The most serious interest in taking Buffon abroad has always came from England. Chelsea attempted to convince his agent Pablo Fabbri after goalkeeper Petr Cech fractured his skull, he dined with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger when at Parma, Sir Alex Ferguson wanted him at Manchester United and in his own words, the ‘most serious offer’ came from Manchester City.