Gianluigi Buffon – Italy
Full Name: Gianluigi Buffon
Date of Birth: 28th January, 1978
Current Club: Juventus (Italy)
2009-2010 Appearances: 29
International Appearances: 100
International Accolades: 2006 FIFA World Cup
Rated by some as the best goalkeeper in the world, Gianluigi Buffon is one of a select few international number 1’s which needs not to worry about any challengers for the gloves. The Italian stalwart recently earned his 100 cap with the Italian national team and will be heading to his fourth finals of a World Cup. During that time, Buffon has racked up many club accolades and awards with Juventus – UEFA Cup, Italian Serie A and, astonishingly, goalkeeper of the year for a record nine times in Italy. However, many would argue that none of his achievements at club level come anywhere close to his 2006 triumph in the FIFA World Cup held in Germany.
Very few would disagree with out bold remark that Buffon is one of the best goalkeepers in the modern era. Since the turn of the Millennium, Buffon has been the goalkeeper everyone talks about, the many everyone holds in high regard. The fact Buffon has always had a solid and reliable defence in front of him, especially when playing for Italy, has helped boost his global reputation immensely, but it’s the stunning saves, the unbelievable stops and the commendable manner in which he commands his defences which stands Buffon out from a big crowd.
In South Africa 2010, Gianluigi Buffon will probably need to produce his very best if the Italians are to defend their 2006 crown. The defence in front of him, while they remain talented, aren’t getting any younger and the likelihood is Buffon will be tested throughout the course of the finals. During the 2006 finals in Germany, Buffon kept a staggering five clean sheets in seven games including a 450 minute run without conceding. That’s the magnitude and stature of the player, the fact he doesn’t just persistently help his side win trophies, he sets unbelievable records and streaks.
Buffon played a significant part in helping Italy to their fourth World Cup title, and while South Africa won’t be his last finals, he will need another colossal performance between the sticks if he’s to provide the solid foundations to a strong Italian push in South Africa in the summer. At 32 years-of-age, Gianluigi Buffon still has tonnes more to give and is more than capable of producing some remarkable again.
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