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Buffon with Juventus in 2016
Personal information
Full name Gianluigi Buffon
Date of birth 28 January 1978 (1978-01-28) (age 43)
Place of birth Carrara, Tuscany, Italy
Height 1.92 m
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 77
Youth career
1991–1995 Parma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2001 Parma 168 (0)
2001–2018 Juventus 509 (0)
2018–2019 Paris Saint-Germain 17 (0)
2019– Juventus 17 (0)
National team
1993–1994 Italy U16 3 (0)
1995 Italy U17 3 (0)
1994–1995 Italy U18 3 (0)
1995–1997 Italy U21 11 (0)
1997 Italy U23 4 (0)
1997–2018 Italy 176 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2021.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon Ufficiale OMRI ( born 28 January 1978) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A club Juventus. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and by some as the greatest ever. He is one of the few recorded players to have made over 1,100 professional career appearances.

Buffon holds the record for the longest streak without conceding a goal in Serie A history, achieved over twelve league matches; he kept the opposition out for 974 consecutive minutes during the 2015–16 season, achieving the most consecutive clean sheets (10) during that run. Buffon also holds the record for most clean sheets and most appearances in both Serie A and with the Italian national team.

At club level, Buffon's professional career began with Parma in 1995, where he made his Serie A debut. He soon broke into the starting line-up and earned a reputation as one of the most promising young goalkeepers in Italy, helping Parma to win the Coppa Italia, the UEFA Cup and the Supercoppa Italiana in 1999. After joining Juventus in 2001, for the world record fee for a goalkeeper of €52 million at the time, Buffon won Serie A titles in both of his first two seasons at the club, and established himself as one of the best players in the world in his position. In his first spell at Juventus, he won a record nine Serie A titles, four Coppa Italias, and five Supercoppa Italianas. He was the first goalkeeper to win the Serie A Footballer of the Year award, and was named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year a record twelve times. After reaching the 2015 and 2017 UEFA Champions League finals, he was named to the Champions League Squad of the Season on both occasions, and won the inaugural The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award in the latter year.

After seventeen years with Juventus, Buffon signed with French club Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 40 in 2018, where he was used in a rotational role with Alphonse Areola; he won the Trophée des Champions and the Ligue 1 title in his only season with the team, before returning to Juventus the following year. During the 2019–20 season, Buffon served primarily as a back-up to Wojciech Szczęsny, but still managed to break Paolo Maldini's record of 647 appearances in Serie A, as he won a record tenth Serie A title with the club. The following season he continued to serve as a back-up, but started in the Coppa Italia, winning his record sixth title.

With 176 international caps, Buffon is the most capped player in the history of the Italy national team, the seventh-most capped footballer of all time (joint with Hossam Hassan), and the second-most capped European international player ever; Buffon also holds the record for most appearances for Italy as captain after he inherited the armband in 2010. Buffon was called up for a record of five FIFA World Cup tournaments (in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014) after making his debut in 1997; he was an unused substitute in the 1998 edition. He was the starting goalkeeper of the squad that won the 2006 tournament, being awarded the Golden Glove as the competition's best goalkeeper. He also represented Italy at four European Championships, at the 1996 Olympics, and at two FIFA Confederations Cups, winning a bronze medal in the 2013 edition of the tournament. Following his performances during the 2006 World Cup, where he kept a record five clean sheets, Buffon won the Yashin Award and was elected to the Team of the Tournament, an honour he also received from UEFA after reaching the quarter-finals of the 2008 and the final of the 2012 European Championship. Buffon retired from international football in 2017, after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup; although he reversed this decision to play in the team's friendlies the following year, he officially confirmed his international retirement in May 2018.

Buffon was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004. He is the only goalkeeper to win the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award, which he achieved after reaching the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final; he also won UEFA's award for best goalkeeper that year, and was additionally voted into the UEFA Team of the Year on five separate occasions. Buffon was the runner-up for the Ballon d'Or in 2006, and was elected part of the FIFPro World11 three times. He was the first ever goalkeeper to win the Golden Foot Award, and was also named the IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper a record five times (alongside Iker Casillas and Manuel Neuer); he would go on to be named the best goalkeeper of the 21st century, of the past 25 years and of the decade by the same organisation.

Early life

Buffon was born in Carrara, Tuscany, although he is of Friulian origin, from Latisana. He was born into a sporting family: his mother Maria Stella Masocco was three times Italian champion in shot put and discus throw, his uncle Dante Masocco was a basketball player who played in the Italian Serie A1, his father Adriano also practiced shot put, and his sisters Guendalina and Veronica were professional volleyball players. He is a relative of Lorenzo Buffon, goalkeeper for Milan, Genoa, Inter, Fiorentina and the Italian national team: Lorenzo is second cousin of Gianluigi's grandfather.

In June 2017 he received the honorary citizenship from the city of Latisana.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Parma 1995–96 Serie A 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
1996–97 Serie A 27 0 0 0 1 0 28 0
1997–98 Serie A 32 0 6 0 8 0 46 0
1998–99 Serie A 34 0 6 0 11 0 51 0
1999–2000 Serie A 32 0 0 0 9 0 2 0 43 0
2000–01 Serie A 34 0 2 0 7 0 43 0
Total 168 0 14 0 36 0 2 0 220 0
Juventus 2001–02 Serie A 34 0 1 0 10 0 45 0
2002–03 Serie A 32 0 0 0 15 0 1 0 48 0
2003–04 Serie A 32 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 39 0
2004–05 Serie A 37 0 0 0 11 0 48 0
2005–06 Serie A 18 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 24 0
2006–07 Serie B 37 0 3 0 40 0
2007–08 Serie A 34 0 1 0 35 0
2008–09 Serie A 23 0 2 0 5 0 30 0
2009–10 Serie A 27 0 1 0 7 0 35 0
2010–11 Serie A 16 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
2011–12 Serie A 35 0 0 0 35 0
2012–13 Serie A 32 0 1 0 10 0 1 0 44 0
2013–14 Serie A 33 0 0 0 14 0 1 0 48 0
2014–15 Serie A 33 0 0 0 13 0 1 0 47 0
2015–16 Serie A 35 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 44 0
2016–17 Serie A 30 0 0 0 12 0 1 0 43 0
2017–18 Serie A 21 0 3 0 9 0 1 0 34 0
Total 509 0 15 0 124 0 8 0 656 0
Paris Saint-Germain 2018–19 Ligue 1 17 0 2 0 5 0 1 0 25 0
Juventus 2019–20 Serie A 9 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
2020–21 Serie A 8 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
Total 17 0 10 0 2 0 0 0 29 0
Career total 711 0 41 0 167 0 11 0 930 0

International

Source:
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy 1997 1 0
1998 3 0
1999 8 0
2000 4 0
2001 7 0
2002 12 0
2003 7 0
2004 12 0
2005 3 0
2006 15 0
2007 8 0
2008 9 0
2009 11 0
2010 2 0
2011 10 0
2012 11 0
2013 15 0
2014 8 0
2015 8 0
2016 13 0
2017 8 0
2018 1 0
Total 176 0

Records

  • Most appearances in Serie A: 657 (as of 12 May 2021)
  • Second-most appearances for Juventus in all competitions: 685, behind Alessandro Del Piero, 705 (as of 19 May 2021)
  • Most appearances for Juventus in Serie A: 489 (as of 12 May 2021)
  • Most appearances for Juventus in Italian League matches (includes Serie A and Serie B): 526 (as of 12 May 2021)
  • Most appearances for Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana: 8
  • Most appearances for Juventus in the UEFA Champions League: 117 (including 4 in the qualifying rounds) (as of 8 December 2020)
  • Most appearances for Juventus in UEFA club competitions: 126 (as of 8 December 2020)
  • Second-most appearances for Juventus in international club competitions: 126, behind Alessandro Del Piero, 130 (as of 8 December 2020)
  • Joint-most appearances for Juventus in Serie B: 37, alongside Federico Balzaretti and Alessandro Birindelli
  • Most all-time minutes played for Juventus in all competitions: 61,412 (as of 19 May 2021)
  • Most all-time minutes played for Juventus in Serie A: 43,549 (as of 12 May 2021)
  • Most career club appearances by an Italian player: 930 (as of 19 May 2021)
  • Most appearances in Europe's top five leagues: 674 (657 in Serie A and 17 in Ligue 1) (as of 12 May 2021)
  • Most appearances for Italy senior team: 176
  • Most all-time minutes played for Italy senior team: 15,251
  • Most appearances for Italy in FIFA World Cup qualification matches: 39
  • Most appearances for Italy in UEFA European Championship matches: 17
  • Most appearances for Italy in UEFA European Championship qualifying matches: 41
  • Most appearances for Italy in UEFA European Championship (final tournament and qualifying matches): 58
  • Joint-most appearances for Italy in FIFA Confederations Cup matches: 8, alongside Giorgio Chiellini and Riccardo Montolivo
  • Most appearances as captain for Italy senior team: 80
  • Most goalkeeper appearances as captain for Italy senior team: 80
  • Most appearances as captain at the UEFA European Championship: 13
  • Most appearances by a goalkeeper at the UEFA European Championship: 17
  • Joint-fewest goals conceded in a single FIFA World Cup edition by a starting World Cup winning goalkeeper: 2 goals in 7 appearances at the 2006 World Cup, alongside Iker Casillas in 2010 and Fabien Barthez in 1998
  • Joint-fewest goals conceded in a single UEFA European Championship edition (at least 3 matches played): 1 goal in 4 appearances at Euro 2016, alongside Iker Casillas in 2012, Thomas Myhre in UEFA Euro 2000 and Dino Zoff in 1968
  • Joint-most clean sheets in a single World Cup edition: 5 at the 2006 World Cup, alongside Iker Casillas in 2010, Oliver Kahn in 2002, Fabien Barthez in 1998 and Walter Zenga in 1990
  • Longest consecutive run without conceding a goal in a single Serie A season: 974 minutes in 2015–16
  • Most consecutive clean sheets in a single Serie A season: 10 in 2015–16
  • Most clean sheets in a single Serie A season: 21 in 2011–12 and 2015–16
  • Longest consecutive run without conceding a goal in the qualifying stages of the UEFA European Championship: 644 minutes in 2010 and 2011
  • One of only four players to take part in five FIFA World Cups: 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, alongside Antonio Carbajal, Rafael Márquez and Lothar Matthäus
  • One of seventeen players to play in four UEFA European Championships: 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016
  • Most clean sheets for Italy senior team: 77
  • Most clean sheets for Italy at the FIFA World Cup: 6
  • Most clean sheets for Italy at the UEFA European Championship: 8
  • Most clean sheets for Italy at the FIFA Confederations Cup: 1
  • Most clean sheets for Italy in FIFA World Cup qualification matches: 21
  • Most clean sheets for Italy in UEFA European Championship qualifying matches: 23
  • Most clean sheets in Serie A: 299 (as of 22 February 2021)
  • Joint second-most clean sheets in the UEFA Champions League: 52 (excluding 3 in the qualifying rounds), behind Iker Casillas, 57 (exluding 2 in qualifying) (as of 8 December 2020)
  • Most appearances in the UEFA Champions League by an Italian player: 124 (excluding 8 in the qualifying rounds) (as of 8 December 2020)
  • Joint eleventh-most appearances in the UEFA Champions League: 124 (excluding 8 in the qualifying rounds), alongside Paul Scholes and Thomas Müller (as of 13 April 2021)
  • Sixth-most appearances in UEFA club competitions: 167 (124 in the UEFA Champions League, 8 in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds and 35 in the UEFA Cup/Europa League) (as of 8 December 2020)
  • Third-longest consecutive run without conceding a goal in the UEFA Champions League: 690 minutes in 2016–17, behind Ederson, 706, and Jens Lehmann, 853
  • Second-most appearances by a goalkeeper in the UEFA Champions League: 132 (including 8 in the qualifying rounds), behind Iker Casillas, 181 (including 4 in qualifying rounds) (as of 8 December 2020)
  • Third-most appearances by a goalkeeper in UEFA club competitions: 167, behind Iker Casillas, 188, and Pepe Reina, 177 (as of 23 February 2021)
  • Most UEFA Champions League Final appearances without a victory: 3, alongside Paolo Montero
  • Most penalties saved for Italy senior team: 5
  • Joint-most penalties saved in shoot-outs at the UEFA European Championship: 3, alongside Iker Casillas
  • Joint third-most penalties saved in the UEFA Champions League (excluding shoot-outs): 4 (out of 13), alongside Manuel Neuer (out of 11), and behind Iker Casillas, 7 (out of 23) and Petr Čech, 5 (out of 11)
  • Joint fifth-most penalties saved in Serie A: 16, alongside Giuseppe Moro, and behind Luca Marchegiani, 17, Andrea Consigli, 19, Gianluca Pagliuca, 24, and Samir Handanović, 26
  • Second-most senior international appearances by a European footballer: 176, behind Segio Ramos, 180
  • Joint seventh-most senior international appearances: 176
  • Most appearances in UEFA European Championship (final tournament and qualifying matches): 58
  • Only goalkeeper to ever win the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year Award: 2003
  • Most Serie A titles won by a player: 10 (all with Juventus)
  • Third-most consecutive Serie A titles: 7, alongside Stephan Lichtsteiner and Claudio Marchisio, behind Andrea Barzagli, 8 and Giorgio Chiellini, 9
  • Joint-most Supercoppa Italiana titles: 6 (1 with Parma and 5 with Juventus), alongside Dejan Stanković
  • Joint-most Coppa Italia titles: 6 (1 with Parma and 5 with Juventus), alongside Roberto Mancini
  • Most Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year awards: 12
  • Joint-most IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper Awards: 5, alongside Iker Casillas and Manuel Neuer
  • Most Pallone Azzurro Awards: 2
  • Third-most expensive goalkeeper of all time: €52 million, behind Kepa Arrizabalaga, €80 million and Alisson, €72.5 million
  • Most titles won with Juventus: 21
  • Second-oldest player to appear in Serie A: &&&&&&&&&&&&&043.&&&&&043 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0104.&&&&&0104 days, behind Marco Ballotta, 44 years, 38 days (as of 12 May 2021)
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Honours

Club

Parma

Juventus

  • Serie A: 2001–02, 2002–03, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2019–20
  • Serie B: 2006–07
  • Coppa Italia: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2020–21
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2020
  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2002–03, 2014–15, 2016–17

Paris Saint-Germain

  • Ligue 1: 2018–19
  • Trophée des Champions: 2018

International

Italy U21

Italy

Individual

Awards

  • Bravo Award: 1999
  • Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year Award: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year: 2002–03, 2016–17
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2002–03
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2016, 2017
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2002–03, 2016–17
  • Best European Goalkeeper: 2003, 2016, 2017
  • IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2017
  • FIFA 100
  • FIFA World Cup Yashin Award: 2006
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2006
  • Ballon d'Or: 2003 (9th place), 2006 (2nd place), 2016 (9th place), 2017 (4th place)
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2006 (8th place), 2007 (10th place)
  • Serie A "Fan" Award: 2006, 2007
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2006, 2007, 2017
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 2nd team: 2016
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2013, 2015
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 4th team: 2014, 2018
  • UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2008, 2012
  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade: 2009
  • ESPN World Team of the Decade: 2009
  • IFFHS Best Goalkeeper of the Decade 2001–2011
  • IFFHS Best Goalkeeper of the 21st Century 2001–2020
  • IFFHS Best Goalkeeper of the Past 25 Years: 1987–2012
  • IFFHS All Time World's Best Goalkeeper: 1987–2020
  • IFFHS Best Goalkeeper of the Decade 2011–2020 (2nd place)
  • Serie A Team of the Year: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Pallone Azzurro: 2013, 2016
  • UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2013–14
  • Premio Nereo Rocco: 2014
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2014–15, 2016–17
  • UEFA Best Player in Europe Award: 2015 (4th place), 2016 (6th place), 2017 (3rd place)
  • UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year substitute (published 2015)
  • France Football World XI: 2015
  • Gianni Brera Award for Sportsman of the Year: 2015
  • Juventus MVP of the Year: 2015–16
  • UEFA Euro All-time XI (published 2016)
  • Premio Nazionale Carriera Esemplare "Gaetano Scirea": 2016
  • Golden Foot: 2016
  • Serie A Footballer of the Year: 2016–17
  • The Best FIFA Goalkeeper: 2017
  • The Best FIFA Men's Player: 2017 (4th place)
  • IFFHS Men's World Team: 2017
  • IFFHS World's Best Man Player of the Decade 2011–2020: (8th place)
  • Gazzetta Sports Awards Man of the Year: 2017
  • Juventus Greatest XI of All Time: 2017
  • Ballon d'Or Dream Team (Silver): 2020

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