Legendary Modern Icon
In 1982, Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon was 5 years old. That year, Gli Azzurri won the World Cup. Buffon watched it happen. Italy’s next world championship title? Buffon made it happen. He says hoisting that Cup is hands-down his best football memory. He was born into a sporting family: his mother a discus thrower, his father a weightlifter, and sisters who played volleyball and basketball. He started out as a football midfielder before moving into goal. The rest? Modern football history. At age 35, Buffon has packed more awards, matches, and titles into his career than most. He started his career at Parma at age 17, playing more than 200 matches for the club in 6 years and winning the UEFA Cup, the Italian Cup, and the Italian Super Cup in 1999. In 2001 he signed to Juventus Turin for a world-record goalkeeper's transfer fee. He has since won the Serie A in 2002 and 2003 and the Italian Super Cup in 2002 and 2003. He also reached the Final of the Champions League in 2003. Buffon continues to lead La Vecchia Signora and remains a fan favorite. Current captain of the Italian National Team, Buffon has appeared 106 times for his country. A solid player and teammate as well as a global icon, he’s considered one of the best goalkeepers in history. So what’s next? 2014. Obviously.
|Date of Birth:||January 28, 1978|
8-Time Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year
Serie A2001/2002, 2002/2003, 2011/2012
FIFA World Cup™2006
Italian Super Cup1999, 2002, 2003, 2012