Gianluigi Buffon is an experienced and decorated goalkeeper for Juventus and the Italian national side. He began his football career in Parma's youth set-up, making his debut for the senior team in 1995 - aged seventeen. Establishing himself as the team's first-choice keeper the next season, Buffon would go on to play 225 times for the Crociati, and became regarded as the best keeper in Italian football. Despite this, Buffon only won a handful of trophies with Parma - including the 2009 Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup - and so in 2001 he transferred to Juventus.
Buffon's transfer to Juventus showed his renown in the footballing world - moving for a staggering £32 million. But this fee was paid off as he helped the Old Lady to four Serie A victories from 2001 to 2006. More titles may have inevitably come had not Buffon and Juventus been involved in the match-fixing scandal that hit the club in 2006, but Buffon remained at Juve despite demotion to Serie B. Juventus are once again fighting for the Scudetto in 2012, with Buffon and his 357 caps for the team in goal.
The main reason Buffon is considered a goalkeeping legend is for his performances for the Italian national side - in particular as a crucial player in Italy's World Cup win in 2006. After playing for the U21 team, Buffon debuted for Italy in 1997 against Russia. He has been an ever-presence since, with only injury ruling him out of a handful of tournaments. In 2008 he was named Italian captain, and has been permanently since 2010. He has played 112 times for the Azurri, and it is easy to see him remaining a critical part of the team during the next decade.
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