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Name Gianluigi Buffon
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer
  Italy Captain
Desc At the time, €52m looked like a colossal fee for Gianluigi Buffon. Now, it is regarded as a bargain. Indeed, that the Juventus and Italy captain remains the most expensive goalkeeper in history - 16 years after his arrival from Parma - underlines just why he is rightly regarded as the greatest No.1 of all time

Affiliation

Org Italy National Team
Club as Player Paris Saint-Germain
  Juventus

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[It’s fair to say that Gianluigi Buffon would be in favor of Juventus offering playmaker Andrea Pirlo a new contract] If Pirlo were to leave, we might as well dismantle the stadium bit by bit and stop playing football altogether

2014 12 14 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon on Iker Casillas] Casillas’ situation would have been p me off. I do not know if I agree with the swapping around of Diego Lopez and Casillas. I would have felt penalised, if that was me. When I’m fit I prefer to play every game, because I still feel strong. A goalkeeper is not infallible – he can make mistakes just like he can pull off amazing saves. When it comes to playing for teams like Madrid or Juventus, the criticism becomes even more fierce. It can destabilise you and cause you to lose your security as No1

2016 01 27 Retrieve

[Juve captain Gianluigi Buffon said of Vidal] If I had to go war, I’d always take him with me

2016 03 09 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] Francesco is an immortal player. If he is in these conditions, with the technical skills and talent he has, he is the player that can make the difference in any situation and at any age. With the way he is playing now, he is proving, if he ever had to prove anything, that he has always been and continues to be a champion

2016 08 20 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon on Joe Hart] Joe Hart has been in this position before, he was dropped two or three seasons back, and then when he returned he played some of the best football of his career. The ability is there, we know he has that, but just as importantly he has character - and that is one of the most important qualities you can have as a goalkeeper. He has consistently over the last 5 or 6 seasons shown he is among the best goalkeepers in the world. De Gea and Neuer are the two outstanding goalkeepers right now, after that there is not anybody who is on an obvious higher level than Hart. He has many years of being a great goalkeeper ahead of him - no matter if they are at Manchester City or anywhere else

2016 09 17 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon tells about Juventus’ UEFA Champions League dream] Lifting the Champions League isn’t just my dream. Everyone at Juventus wants it and we’ll try to make it come true. What we’ve done in the Champions League so far hasn’t been enough. We need to remain ambitious. I’m sure Vialli would be delighted to see Juventus win the Champions League for the first time since he lifted the trophy. This confidence in our ability comes from the continual improvement we’ve made year on year. We’ll tackle this year’s Champions League safe in the knowledge that we’re a competitive side. We’ve improved year on year

2016 10 18 Retrieve

[Buffon admitted before his side’s Champions League clash with Lyon] It’s fun when people want to hold your funeral and then you prove them wrong. I live to make them eat their rash words

2017 03 25 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon speaks ahead of making his 1,000th appearance for the Azzurri] The only certainty that I can give is that there will not be another 1,000 games!

2017 04 15 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon gives his views on team-mate Paulo Dybala after the Argentinian forward’s two-goal performance against Barcelona] Dybala has grown exponentially over the last two years. When I talk to directors or friends in football, I’ve been saying for a while that he is good enough to be in the top five players in the world and wouldn’t be out of place in the top three. Having said that, he needs to prove it every time and with regularity, to show he is worthy of our expectations of him

2017 05 06 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon stated he has no thoughts about retiring and that football fans will be sad when the day comes for him to hang up his gloves] In every game, I want to show that I deserve to play at this level, despite my age. I work hard every day for this objective. The day I quit, I want people to be sad about it. I don’t know if I am achieving it or not, but playing in a team like this undoubtedly helps. The important thing is to be ready when the team needs me. As long as I can do that, I consider myself satisfied and happy. It [winning the Ballon d’Or] is not something I think about, nor do I miss having it. I spend so much energy to keep myself in shape and perform well in these games, to be of use to my team-mates

2017 07 29 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon hints that he could be entering his last season as a professional] This could be my final year and it’s really electrifying. I want to try and enjoy the special aspect of things, like with all experiences. When you go to a place and think that it is the last time, you appreciate the beauty more and want to remember the emotions it brings you forever. It will be special as a season, but I want to make it even more formidable by performing to the best of my ability, which could help Juve repeat the achievements we’ve done in the past. The Champions League has always been a motivation to improve and enjoy some emotions, like facing certain players in certain stadiums

2017 10 28 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon speaks after winning the inaugural The Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award] Since I was a child, I always have liked difficult tasks. Every time I’ve had to make a choice, I’ve followed my nature. I’m the kind of person who always wants to face hard challenges, almost impossible ones. Playing as a goalkeeper is a consequence of my character and nature

2017 11 18 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon speaks after Gli Azzurri failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1958, after being defeated by Sweden in the play-offs] I’m not sorry for myself but all of the Italian football movement. We failed with our aim, which could have also been really important on a social level. This is the only regret that I have, even if my last competitive game coincides with failure to qualify for the World Cup. We have pride and strength, we’re stubborn and after the tough falls we find the way to get back up again. I leave a national team with good guys and they’ll speak for themselves, [goalkeepers] Gianluigi Donnarumma and Mattia Perin won’t make me feel regret. Sport teaches you to win and lose together, to share the good and the bad

2017 12 02 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon says he would never turn down a call-up to play for Italy, no matter his age] I took a break from the national team. Both for Juventus and for the national team I have always considered myself a soldier. Even when I’m 60 I could never turn down any call because I have in me the concept of nation

2017 12 16 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon responds when asked if he could play at EURO 2020] After the elimination against Sweden, I have received so much love. People have realised that I have never worn masks during my career. [It is] appreciated. I live day by day, I do not exclude [anything]

2018 01 06 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon speaks about Harry Kane ahead of the two sides’ round-of-16 UEFA Champions League match in February] Harry is now one of the best strikers in ­Europe – there is no question about that. As a player, you can always work on parts of your game and try to ­improve – but there are some things you can’t teach. That natural goalscoring instinct is for me a talent that you are born with. I have seen over the years with Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Inzaghi, Gabriel Batistuta, they have that natural instinct that can really make goalkeepers suffer – and it’s clear Kane also has that

2018 02 17 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon reflects on failing to qualify for Russia 2018 with Italy] The World Cup elimination? Those were difficult days, I wanted to end my career with the World Cup. It seemed the perfect way, it would have been the perfect final catwalk. Unfortunately that’s not how it went

2018 03 03 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon talks about his future with the national team] I feel a sense of responsibility at this time of transition for our national team. There will be two important friendly matches, I thought about going on holiday with my family, but if the national team needs me, I have to answer that I am ready and I cannot desert. I do this for loyalty and responsibility, without thinking about what my future will be. The players who have experience at the moment could be useful against Argentina and England

2018 03 04 Retrieve

[Buffon pays emotional tribute to ‘best’ Davide Astori following tragic passing of Fiorentina captain] Ciao dear Asto. I rarely publicly express my thoughts on a person, because I always allowed the beauty and unique nature of relationships, of reciprocal respect and affection, to avoid being used or misused by those who don’t have the decency to respect certain bonds. In your case, I feel the need to make an exception to the rule, because you have a young wife and family who are suffering, but above all a little girl, who deserves to know that her father was in every way A GOOD PERSON […] a TRULY GOOD PERSON […] You were the best expression of an old-fashioned world, one that people have left behind, with values like altruism, elegance, politeness and respect towards others. Compliments genuinely, you were one of the best sporting figures I ever came up against. R.I.P. Your crazy Gigi

2018 03 24 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon on his reasons behind his return to the national team] I am a coherent and responsible person. That’s enough to explain my presence here. I’ve always been able to unite this squad and I’d like people to see my presence here under this point of view. Many youths will thrive, some of them are ready and will have their chance to shine. I am here for Astori as well, it’s another reason why I wanted to be here

2018 04 12 Retrieve

[Michael Oliver gave the penalty for a foul on Lucas Vázquez in the closing stages of a dramatic quarter-final that Madrid won 4-3 on aggregate against Juventus. He sent off Buffon for protesting, his last European game ending with him departing to applause from the home fans] To award such a doubtful, or super doubtful, penalty just ahead of the final whistle and destroy the work of a team who gave absolutely everything you have to have a rubbish bin instead of your heart. A human being cannot decide the elimination of a team with such decision. When I don’t feel I’m good enough, I put myself in a corner. He should do the same. It’s a matter of sensibility. It means you don’t know where you are, which teams are playing, you don’t know shit

You need to be prepared for a game like this. You have to watch the first leg and see that a similar foul was not punished with a penalty for Juventus in Turin. And especially you need personality to referee a game like this. If you don’t have personality, you better watch the game from the stands with your wife and your kids while eating fries. What did I say to him while I was protesting? I could say everything in that moment because when you take such decision in a certain moment of the game it means you don’t know what sport is

We had done something which seemed impossible. It’s a pity it ended like this, unjustly. It was one tenth of a penalty. But life goes on

2018 05 19 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon speaks with Gerard Pique on whether he is afraid of retirement] I would be dishonest if I told you I’m not afraid. But deep down I feel calm and at peace because I know I’m naturally curious. And the day I stop playing football I will find a way not to get bored and I’ll stay busy. After all, players like us, who have lived the game intensely, have to keep their minds occupied and have a reason to get up, something to fight for. I’ll never get bored or miss being in the public eye. The only problem is that my life has been organised for me for 23 years. Every morning you are given a timetable. But when you have 24 hours ahead of you with nothing to do, that could be a problem

2018 05 20 Retrieve

[When Gianluigi Buffon went a record-breaking 974 minutes without conceding a goal in Serie A in spring, 2016] More than 25 years ago I made my vow: I swore to protect you. Look after you. A shield against all your enemies. I’ve always thought about your welfare, putting it first even ahead of my own. I was 12 when I turned my back on my goal. And I will keep doing it as long as my legs, my head and my heart will allow

2018 05 21 Retrieve

[Beating Barca in Turin] I have the good fortune to play in a team made up of champions and if I want to continue to have the good reputation I’ve always enjoyed, I must make these saves and they must be the norm

2018 05 22 Retrieve

[Final farewell] I believe that if I am still here at the age of 40 performing to this level, it is thanks to Juventus, whose approach to work is totally different to everyone else in the world. I made this philosophy my own too and am sure I’ll use it in future, in my life after football, as it’s the only way I know to reach results and to get there with the joy of having worked hard, driven yourself to the limit and given your all. Aside from trophies, that is the greatest gift I have received from Juventus and I will forever be grateful

2018 05 26 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon says ‘goodbye’ to Juventus after spending 17 years with the club] This is a very emotional day for me and I’m here off the back of an extraordinary and wonderful journey, shared with so many people who have cared about me greatly. As a way of reciprocating their faith in and affection for me, I have always tried to do my best. If I feel as strong as I do at the age of 40, that is all thanks to Juventus and the mentality here. My own philosophy is built around that of the club and I shall continue to live my life in that way, as that’s the only way I know to achieve results. I shall always be grateful to Juventus

2018 07 04 Retrieve

[He once revealed in his ode to the game] I was 12 when I turned my back on my goal. And I will keep doing it as long as my legs, my head and my heart will allow

2018 07 11 Retrieve

[Buffon’s legendary status is already secured, though, not least because he refused to join the post-Calciopoli exodus at Juventus following the club’s demotion to Serie B in 2006] In football, we talk a lot. But I firmly believe in certain moments you need to replace words with deeds

2018 07 12 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon on Andrea Pirlo] When Andrea [Pirlo] told me that he would come to Juve, the first thing that I said was ‘Thank God!’

2018 08 11 Retrieve

[New Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon speaks about his teammate Kylian Mbappe] It’s obvious [Mbappe] has something more than others. I hope he will remain humble and keep this desire to progress and make sacrifices. If so, he will make a mark in the history of football and write incredible pages of the sport

2018 09 01 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon on The Best FIFA Men’s Player nominee Kylian Mbappe] With Mbappe we joke and often laugh together, he always tells me: ‘Never in my life could I have imagined playing one day with you?’ He saw me play in the 2006 World Cup [Final] against France, when he was a boy. I faced him in the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2017. In Turin I left my teammates who were also champions and I found new ones here in Paris: they too are champions

2018 10 13 Retrieve

I’ve learned in recent years that it would be a mistake to set a limit. At 32 I thought I’d play until 35. After that, circumstances dictated that I keep playing. Then I said to myself: ‘I’ll stop at 38’. But at 38 I said: ‘I’ll stop at 40’. Life has made it so that I’m still here today, I could stop in six months, a year or ten years and I don’t want to ask, I don’t want to know. I’m sure that the emotions and the life I’ve had, even in the dressing room, are not something I can find elsewhere. I’m not sure that a normal player would have lived this life the way I have

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon compares two tennis and football greats] Federer is infinite class, while Nadal is perseverance, sweat and also talent, otherwise you cannot win all the Grand Slams he achieved. Nadal’s hard work and constant desire to improve himself allowed him to be on a par with the most talented tennis player in history. The comparison is obvious and makes me smile, as Leo Messi is Federer, while Cristiano Ronaldo is like Nadal

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini sign new one-year deals] Probably each of us hoped, and basically knew, that the thread that united us for so many years was not destined to break