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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

Relationship

Agent Silvano Martina

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](ronaldo.html), 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

2019 06 05 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon will leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer when his contract expires] Following joint discussions, Paris Saint-Germain and Gianluigi Buffon have agreed to not renew the legendary goalkeeper’s contract which expires on 30 June 2019.

2019 06 05bRetrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon will leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer when his contract expires] PSG proposed a contract renewal that I did not feel like accepting, driven by the desire to prepare myself for new experiences and new professional challenges.

Thank you all for everything I have had the opportunity to experience in Paris. Thank you for the emotions that we have shared together. Twelve months ago, I arrived at Paris Saint-Germain filled with enthusiasm, welcomed by the incredible warmth of the fans. It was really moving. Thank you, once again, from the bottom of my heart. I leave happy to have enjoyed this experience which has undoubtedly helped me to grow.

Today my adventure outside Italy comes to an end. I would like to thank the chairman Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the whole club and my teammates. I wish you all the best, convinced that together you will write the pages of a wonderful story. Ernest Hemingway wrote that there are only two places in the world where people can live happily: at home and in Paris. Today onwards, this will also apply to me: Paris, in some way, will always remain my home… Allez Paris! Thank you and good luck with everything!

2019 06 16 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon says Adrien Rabiot a ‘fantastic’ mix of Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio] He is a fantastic mix, he has the physical strength of Pogba, who is like a wardrobe, has the personality of Vidal and potentially the dynamism of Marchisio. He is incredible, extremely strong. He needs to improve his timing when approaching the opponent’s penalty area but he can become a player with 10 goals per season. He’s also a good boy and a great team-mate.

[Buffon, who is a free agent after leaving PSG, is confident the impending appointment is not a gamble] I have experienced how competent president Andrea Agnelli, directors Fabio Paratici and Pavel Nedved are. Those who follow the same path will always achieve the same results, so Juve are seeking the Champions League and wanted to try breaking away towards pastures new. It’s because the squad is frankly difficult to improve any more. Sarri is not a revolution, nor a gamble. He simply represents an untested path, a whole other story

2019 06 16b Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon could spend a year out of football after turning down Paris Saint-Germain’s lucrative offer of a second season] PSG told me five months ago that I would be the second goalkeeper next season. I had plenty of time to think about it and I came to the conclusion that this was not for me, so I gave up a lot of money and a one-year option. Their request was absolutely legitimate, understandable and was an attractive offer. However, at the age of 41, I have this almost physiological need to feel sensations. Emotions translate into energy, dreams, the feeling of being part of something.

Today I find myself in a situation like last summer, in an extraordinary state of serenity, in a state of total relaxation where everything is open and it could all end in twelve months or in fifteen days. Some good proposals have arrived, but if I don’t have the right motivation I can decide to take a year all for myself, all mine. One year of education

2019 06 26 Retrieve

[The legendary goalkeeper has been noncommittal when talking about his future to date, hinting earlier this month that he might even take the year off to decide on the next move in his career] PSG told me five months ago that I would be the second goalkeeper next season. I had plenty of time to think about it and I came to the conclusion that this was not for me, so I gave up a lot of money and a one-year option. Their request was absolutely legitimate, understandable and was an attractive offer. However, at the age of 41, I have this almost physiological need to feel sensations. Emotions translate into energy, dreams, the feeling of being part of something.

Today I find myself in a situation like last summer, in an extraordinary state of serenity, in a state of total relaxation where everything is open and it could all end in twelve months or in fifteen days. Some good proposals have arrived, but if I don’t have the right motivation I can decide to take a year all for myself, all mine. One year of education.

: 2019 06 26b Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon is set to make a sensational return to the club after announcing his Paris Saint-Germain departure

: 2019 07 04 Gianluigi Buffon has arrived at Juventus’s medical facility ahead of his stunning return to the Serie A champions

: 2019 07 04b Gianluigi Buffon’s agent Silvano Martina say his client turned down offers from the Premier League in order to make an emotional return to Juventus.

2019 07 04c Retrieve

[New Juventus signing Gianluigi Buffon is not interested in regaining either the captain’s armband nor the No.1 jersey in Turin after completing a move back to his former stamping ground] Szczesny wanted to give me the number one and Chiellini the captain’s armband. But I am not the kind of person to take anything away from anyone. I have thought about using the No.77.

I am very happy to return home and have the chance to embrace you all once again. This is one of the happiest days of my life. Now I have confirmation that life is incredible and that dreams are worthwhile. I come back because you cannot turn down a lady’s invitation. I come back because this is my home

: 2019 07 04d Gianluigi Buffon was captain following the departure of Alessandro Del Piero in 2012, while he also donned the number one jersey. He was offered both of those by respective incumbents Giorgio Chiellini and Wojciech Szczesny, but Buffon gratefully declined, adamant he is not back in Turin to step on anyone’s toes

2019 07 04e Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon thanked Juventus for giving him the ‘splendid gift’ of being able to play in the same team as Cristiano Ronaldo following the goalkeeper’s return to the club] It’s beautiful. At the end of my career I was able to play with Neymar and Kylian thanks to Paris Saint-Germain, now it will happen with Cristiano Ronaldo thanks to Juventus. I think that for players with my experience and with my history, to be able to end the career in such a way is a splendid gift.

I would like to thank Szczesny and Chiellini, who offered me the number one jersey and the captain’s armband. I am here to contribute as I have always done, not to take anything away from someone. The first-choice goalkeeper of Juve must have the number one and Giorgio, who is my brother, must be captain. I took number 77, which is in my history and in the history of Parma. That was the shirt that took me to Juventus and it was something that inspired me

: 2019 07 05 Gianluigi Buffon’s agent Silvano Martina has admitted that his sensational Juventus return was totally unexpected

: 2019 07 05b Rumours circulated that Buffon’s Juventus contract included a clause that would guarantee him eight appearances in Serie A next season, in order for him to surpass Paolo Maldini’s all-time appearance record of 647

2019 09 29 Retrieve

[Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon revelled in his record-breaking appearance after eclipsing Paolo Maldini for most games at club level] It’s a great satisfaction, I wasn’t aware I was so close to this record two games ago, I found out at the last game. I was told I had reached Paolo [Maldini]. It makes me very happy and very proud, proud for what I did, but as I said to your colleagues, I am happy because I got here not dragging myself, but as a high-level player. That’s what I think I can say without being presumptuous. Therefore I also added, earlier on, that I will always thank my parents and my wife, which has been benevolent with me, but I can also say that there’s something of my own in all this

2019 09 29b Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon says he ‘thanks life’ for not letting him win the Champions League, and believes his failure to win the competition has allowed him to continue playing football] For me it’s a huge stimulus and I have to thank life for not letting me win [the Champions League] yet, otherwise I would ask myself why I still play. It is great to be still in the running and try again, but there is no agreement on playing at least one game in Europe in the season, we are at Juventus and not in an amateur club, I play when I am called in by the coach

2019 12 12 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon praised Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain for leading by example in Juventus’ 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Wednesday] If we face the games this way, I am sure we can all do great things. However, if we approach matches with a sense of snobbery, that becomes a problem. It’s a bad sign if you don’t go into games with the right determination if you are 20, let alone in your 40s. I am glad that we had examples like Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo to lead the way in their performance, work ethic and show of sacrifice for the team

I want to take this chance to congratulate Napoli and above all Atalanta, because seeing what they are achieving is honestly emotional. I messaged [coach Gian Piero] Gasperini after the first couple of games and told him to believe, because they are the kind of team who can beat anyone. They can lose to anyone, but on their day, they can beat anyone. I am so happy they qualified and it’s a wonderful story

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Buffon planning to play on at Juventus as retirement talk is shelved once again] The most important thing today was to win and try to finish the year, at least in the league, at the top of the table. The thing that most interests me personally, more than the games, is the role I can play that here at Juve with my team-mates, staff and managers. The 648th game? If I get to play it, I hope it is still with Juve at the top of the table. With regards to the future, I let life show me the way: at this moment I would do myself an injury if I thought I would stop playing, because I feel I am a point of reference, beyond the games that are played

2020 01 16 Retrieve

[Buffon stresses he doesn’t want to be burdened by being a role model] It’s a satisfaction that makes me proud, it’s right to be proud [of the Serie A appearance record]. Life is made of sacrifice and sweat, but also of beautiful and frivolous things. I don’t want to be a model for children and people, it’s not my aspiration, I don’t feel the need to educate anyone. Many would like you to take on these responsibilities, but the education of a child is up to the parent. I can be a food for thought, if a family at the table sees Buffon making 700 appearances in Serie A the father could say: ‘See Buffon, besides the man - whom I don’t know - had the character to suffer at certain times, the ability and humility to improve’. I want to be this for my children, but I don’t want to put pressure on them

[While no longer Juve’s No. 1, Buffon has already hinted he could play on next season should he be able to continue helping the club] The reason I keep playing is that I can give myself, along with my team-mates and this club, many beautiful emotions that are worth living. The thing that most interests me personally, more than the games, is the role I can play that here at Juve with my team-mates, staff and managers. With regards to the future, I let life show me the way: at this moment I would do myself an injury if I thought I would stop playing, because I feel I am a point of reference, beyond the games that are played

2020 02 01 Retrieve

[Buffon declares his focus was very much on the present as he shelved talk of a possible retirement] The reason why I keep playing is that, together with my team-mates and the club, I can still give myself many beautiful emotions, which are worth living. The thing that interests me most, more than the games I play, is the role I think I can play here at Juve. As for the future, I let life show me the way. Right now, I would be doing myself wrong if I thought about stopping because I feel like a point of reference regardless of the matches I’m playing

2020 02 14 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon declares recent criticism of the club was warranted] I saw a Juve that I liked in the fluidity of the maneuvers, and that is essential to take control of the game. We weren’t as effective as we deserved in the last 20 metres, but as it turned out, we pulled off a good result. It does not make you sleep soundly, but it is positive. When you play for Juve, the criticisms are right, because the bar is high and the objectives are important. After Napoli and Verona it is right that there were criticism, which can only do us good

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Gianluigi Buffon believes Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri will excel at the club next season] I believe that next year we’ll have the opportunity to see the real Sarri and Sarri’s real Juventus. After so many years, when you make a change, the individual stimuli and willingness to be responsive to instructions of a new coach always make the difference.

I see [Dybala] as a very good player. He has the awareness that he can be decisive either starting or starting from the bench. For us being able to count on Paulo in this condition is very important. Cristiano is a champion of football history, he’s undeniable. He’s a player with a determination, a ferocity, a mentality that I have found, to date, in no one

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

2019 10 13 Retrieve

[Ronaldo’s humility and attitude towards his Juventus team-mates have impressed Gianluigi Buffon as much as his evident skill] When I met Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin for training, I discovered a very humble guy. I like his attitude and his relationship with our team-mates a lot. Very often, after training, we spend a couple of minutes talking in deep about some aspects of the game. I discovered a very nice person besides the footballer

This is one of those moments that shows that I don’t hate anyone. After the first 25 seconds, when I felt really frustrated, I thought about the beauty of his goal. Despite being scored against us, I could not fail to recognise he just did something extraordinary. So when he walked beside him, I just asked him, ‘Cristiano, how old are you?’ He, smiling, replied, ‘I’m 33… not bad, right?’ And we both started laughing

2019 10 14 Retrieve

[Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes Neymar and Mbappe will be fighting it out to win the Ballon d’Or in years to come] During my season at PSG I had the chance to play with two future Ballon d’Or winners. I’m talking about Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. These are two extraordinary talents. They are part of the reason I went to PSG. Kylian has the world in his hands. If he says to himself: ‘I must win the Ballon d’Or five times in ten years,’ he will do it. Everything depends on him

[Neymar missed Brazil’s Copa America win this summer through injury, but Buffon believes there is still plenty of time for the 27-year-old to make his mark on world football, though he thinks he should have won the Ballon d’Or already, such is his talent] He has the technique, talent, and class that I have probably never seen. I often spoke with him. I said: ‘It’s incredible, you’re 26 years old and you have not won the Ballon d’Or yet. You should have won it even though there is Messi and Ronaldo. You do not have to wait until they stop because you’re as strong as they are. The next five years, you must win three! Three for you and two for Kylian. You have the ability to do it.’

2019 10 28 Retrieve

[Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has claimed that he ‘forced’ Paris Saint-Germain to allow him to return to Juventus in the summer] One night when I was on my own I decided to return to Juve, asking myself: ‘At 41 years old, what am I doing here alone in Paris when my family is in Italy? I forced PSG’s hand and when Juve made me their offer, that seemed the right choice, so I accepted it immediately. I went to Paris because I couldn’t turn down the kind of sporting and economical offer they gave me at PSG. When you are 40 years old and a club this big comes in for you, it’s also flattering. I wanted to gain a new experience and step out of my comfort zone

[The 41-year-old also insists that he is not thinking about retirement at present] Right now I’m in a psychological and physical condition where I still feel like an important player. I haven’t yet examined my own future and I also have the serenity to psychoanalyse and evaluate my own performances. When I realise I can’t play like I want, I will sit down with the club and tell them it’s over

[The reigning Italian champions drew 1-1 with Lecce in Serie A last time out] You might draw from time to time, but I think it’s also fine like this. The controversy arrives as soon as the best teams don’t win, but there’s also the other team and there are three different outcomes in football

2020 03 18 Retrieve

[Buffon explains ‘natural’ decision to rejoin Juve from PSG] The return to Juve was natural. In the end, I had a wonderful year in Paris and I must say that I needed it to detoxify myself. However it’s clear that the contact with Juve was always there, with the President, with Fabio Paratici, and old friends. I played a season abroad without cutting the umbilical cord. I don’t know what will happen next year, it is true that two years ago I practically retired and then what happened, happened

Because I feel fine, and I want to respect the dreams I had when I was a small boy. At that age, I would’ve been thrilled had they told me that I would become a Serie C goalkeeper

Do you want a revelation? Which I have never said as I didn’t want to look the part of a company man? As a child, up to the age of seven, I was a Juventus fan. But I fell in love with Giovanni Trapattoni and when he went to Inter [in 1986], I hesitated because my love for his character was such that I then supported Inter. Then I started to cheer for Pescara, Como, Avellino, Campobasso, and then from 12 years old, I started supporting Genoa. This makes it clear how important figures are beyond the team. Trapattoni electrified me

2020 03 25 Retrieve

[All signs point to Juventus contract extension for 42-year-old Buffon] The return to Juve was natural. In the end, I had a wonderful year in Paris and I must say that I needed it to detoxify myself. However it’s clear that the contact with Juve was always there, with the President, with Fabio Paratici, and old friends. I played a season abroad without cutting the umbilical cord. I don’t know what will happen next year, it is true that two years ago I practically retired and then what happened, happened

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[Buffon has already hinted this season that he will look to stay on for at least one more year] The reason I keep playing is that I can give myself, along with my team-mates and this club, many beautiful emotions that are worth living. The thing that most interests me personally, more than the games, is the role I can play that here at Juve with my team-mates, staff and managers. With regards to the future, I let life show me the way: at this moment I would do myself an injury if I thought I would stop playing, because I feel I am a point of reference, beyond the games that are played

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Juventus legends Chiellini and Buffon sign new deals with Serie A champions] There are players who need no introduction. Champions whose story speaks for itself, and whose connection with the shirt they wear is indissoluble. Examples on the pitch and in the locker room, leaders, driving forces, bearers of the Bianconeri DNA, who wear it as a second skin. Gianluigi Buffon. Giorgio Chiellini. Captains, legends. Bianconeri since the beginning. Bianconeri forever. And to confirm it, in case there is a need, today their contract renewals have become official, for another: 2021!

2020 06 29b 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