Gianluigi Buffon. One of Italy’s most famous names in football. The veteran goalkeeper celebrated his 1000th career performance tonight in front of the Italian faithful in a world cup qualifier against Albania. Playing in the Stadio Renzo Barbera, home to Italian club Palermo who currently sit in 18th in the relegation zone in Serie A.
Buffon has had a glittering career which has included honours such as; a World Cup, a runner up medal at the 2012 European championships, 7 Serie A titles, 3 Coppa Italia trophies and many more and that’s not even to mention the dozens of personal awards he’s achieved. Tonight, he broke another record as he made his 1000th career appearance in football and it was topped off with a typical Buffon performance as he kept a clean sheet against the Albanians.
Buffon had a fairly comfortable game in which he didn’t stand out too much but did make the occasional save to see out Albania. Odise Roshi had a right footed shot saved by the Italian keeper after 20 minutes comfortably. Other than the mentioned above, the Italian superhero, as they like to call him in Italy, had a fairly easy game and will be remembered more for his landmark appearance than his performance.
The 39-year-old may not be retiring just yet but as he comes to the end of his amazing career, it’s hard for anyone to really be certain of what more Buffon can achieve in the wonderful game. The Italian legend has played a total of 39,681 minutes for Juventus, the club in which he has spent most of his career and is the third all-time appearance maker in Serie A with 614.
The 2006 Ballon d’or runner up has won Serie A goalkeeper of the year 11 times, UEFA club goalkeeper of the year once and has been involved in the UEFA team of the year 4 times in his career. Some of his additional individual records are that he has conceded the fewest goals in a world cup campaign (2), 5 clean sheets in one World Cup, competed in 5 different World Cups, and has once gone 974 minutes without conceding, the longest run in his career (11 games).
The most expensive goalkeeper in history says he wants to try and win one more major honour with Italy in 2018 before he considers retirement but it may still be a few years before he finally hangs up the gloves for Juventus. In the meantime, he’ll most likely continue to add to his outstanding appearance record and add to his 280 Serie A clean sheets. What is certain is that we should make most of Buffon as the legendary keeper won’t be around forever.
Watch some of Buffon’s best saves. credits to CaptainBlack.