He is widely respected and regarded as one of the best goalkeepers to have ever graced a football pitch and Gianluigi Buffon will further cement his place as a living legend when he claims his 10th Serie A title when Juventus face Roma on Sunday (tomorrow) After securing a Champions League final place in midweek, Juventus are fancied to wrap up a sixth straight Serie A title triumph in style at Roma on Sunday night.
The second-placed Roma could still mathematically pip Juve to top spot, trailing by seven points with three games to go, but the Old Lady could be backed to confirm their superiority. Of course, Bufffon has been the symbol of Juve’s meteoric resurgence in recent years.
The goalie has been in inspired form, conceding only three goals in 12 European games this season. He has impressive 61 saves in his 28 Serie A matches for the Turin club and he is even on his way to land them their first European title in years.
Juventus enjoyed a relatively smooth passage through to the Champions League final, with most of the hard work done in a 2-0 first-leg triumph in France but coach Massimiliano Allegri has suggested qualifying for the Cardiff decider will not affect their focus during this weekend’s tie and he will count on his experienced captain to do the magic.
16 years after his €53 million move from Parma to Juventus, Buffon remains the most expensive goalkeeper in the world – because he remains the best goalkeeper in the world and leading the Old Lady to the final of Champions League and to the verge of claiming their 6th straight title is a confirmation of his legendary status.
Teammate Paulo Dybala said Buffon is the greatest goalie of all time and he was honoured to have been in the same team. He told Sky Sport 24: “Gigi, for me, is certainly the No. 1 of all the No. 1s in the history of football.
“We’re all lucky to be able to work with him, and I hope it remains that way for a long time to come.” His ultimate goal this term is the Champions League title having lost his last two final appearances in the competition but he will also be keen to quickly round up the league title so as to focus on the face off with Real Madrid on June 2 in Cardiff City.