|FULL NAME||Gianluigi Buffon|
|BORN||January 28, 1978|
|HEIGHT||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
The Italian footballer Gianluigi Buffon is regarded as one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers. Since his resignation as captain of the Italian national football team in 2017, he has served as captain of his hometown team, Juventus, as well as the Italian national football team. Buffon has played in over 1000 games, including 170 for Italy at the international level, making him one of the most well-known players in world football. He’s well-liked by his teammates for being a good motivator and an expert in the game. He’s regarded by sports experts as one of the best ever goalkeepers. During the 2015–16 season, he set a new record by not allowing a single goal to slip between his fingers. The ‘IFFHS’ has selected him five times as the ‘World’s Best Goalie,’ and the organisation also declared him the finest goalkeeper of the 21st century. He was honoured with the ‘Golden Foot Award,’ given to the best goalkeeper in the world, in 2016. Despite his impressive career, he’s been involved in a number of scandals, including suspicions of sports betting. Despite the fact that he was later exonerated of the gambling allegations, it damaged his public image. In 2017, he made the decision to leave international football.
Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was born on January 28, 1978, in Carrara, Italy, from a family of Olympians. Adriano, his father, was a weightlifter, and Maria, his mother, was a discus thrower, therefore he was raised by athletes. Buffon was up with two sisters who shared his passion for athletics from an early age.
Buffon was inspired by his parents throughout his youth and began playing soccer at the age of five thanks to his athletic genes. After retiring from professional athletics, his father went to work as a PE teacher and both his parents worked hard to develop their children into world-class athletes.
He reportedly struggled at first to pick a favourite sport before settling on football. In the sixth grade, his parents sent him to a football training school, where he excelled as a midfielder for the rest of his playing career. Buffon benefited greatly from his early instruction, and his abilities continued to improve with each passing year.
In his early years, Buffon excelled as a midfielder, but his focus shifted to become a goalkeeper as he matured. Buffon’s idol, the Cameroonian goalkeeper Thomas N’Kono, played a large role in this.
In 1992, when he joined ‘Parma F.C.’ for their youth system, his career took a dramatic turn. From then on, he behaved well in competition and dazzled the crowds with his brilliant saves.
Parma signed him as a senior in 1995 after he had been a club member for a few years and he was instrumental in helping Parma qualify for the ‘UEFA U-21 Championship’ the following year. Almost all of his games as a goalie were made up for by injuries to the regular goalkeepers, and he was named the team’s starting goalkeeper by 1997.
Buffon would go on to prove his doubters wrong in the following years, when given the chance. While playing for Juventus in the late 1990s, he guarded the goal against numerous opponents and was instrumental in helping his club to three trophies: the Italian Cup, the Italian Supercup, and the European Cup.
During this time, he also had some highs and lows. His international career ended after just one year with the Italian national team, when he competed in a “World Cup” qualification event in 1997. His elimination from the ‘European Championship,’ in 2000, was due to a fractured hand, not a concussion.
While he had a few hiccups along the way, his abilities were never in doubt, and in 2001, he was signed by ‘Juventus FC’ for 45 million dollars, a record for goalkeepers.
Even though the choice to pay so much for him sparked controversy, he went on to help his club win the following four league titles in a row. The Italian Supercup thrice, and the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year Award in 2003 were among his many accomplishments. His outstanding goalkeeping abilities were on full display for the world to see at the ‘FIFA World Cup’ in 2002.
In the infamous ‘Calciopoli Scandal,’ he suffered a severe career setback in 2006 when he was implicated in betting accusations. His career was on the verge of collapsing due to the scandal, and his performances suffered as a result. His team underperformed by a wide margin and lost two league championships as a result.
Even after being exonerated of all accusations against Buffon, ‘Juventus’ opted to keep him despite the increasing clamour to fire him. He then went on to coach his country’s national soccer squad in the 2006 “FIFA World Cup.” I thought he played really well, conceding only two goals. The IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper Award and the Yashin Award were presented to him at the end of the year.
He came close to winning the ‘Ballon d’Or that year.
Despite his best efforts, he was unable to represent his country in the most important international athletic event of the year because of a back injury. He excelled at the ‘European Championships,’ earning spots on the 2008 and 2024 World Teams.
Meanwhile, he continued to have a tremendous impact with ‘Juventus,’ helping the team win back-to-back titles in the first division in 2012 and 2013. Even though he battled the effects of advancing years, he continued to disprove his detractors and his performance only became better with time.
He was flawless in the Italian Supercup finals of 2013, conceding no goals while leading his club to victory. Many soccer experts considered him to be the greatest goalie of all time as he shattered numerous records and was recognised as the best goalkeeper of the twenty-first century.
As captain of the Italian national team in the 2014 ‘World Cup,’ Buffon earned accolades for his flair and skill despite the team’s dismal overall performance.
Buffon made his 126th appearance for Italy in October of that year, and he was devastated by the team’s underwhelming showing on the international stage. Even though he had planned to retire after the ‘FIFA World Cup’ 2018, he did so as soon as his team missed out on qualifying for the event. Despite this, he is still on the roster of Juventus.
Gianluigi Buffon is well-known for his temper, both on the pitch and in the locker room. While the majority of his teammates despise his outlandish conduct, others admire it. In the past, he’d made it clear that this was his preferred method of inspiring his employees and that he intended to stick with it going forward.
When Buffon first met Alena Seredova in 2005, the two hit it off immediately away and soon became romantically involved. The Czech Republic is home to supermodel Alena, who is also from there. In 2011, the pair tied the knot. In 2007, they had a son, and two years later, a daughter. Sadly, they announced their divorce in 2014 and it was finalised in 2015.
When Buffon and Alena divorced, he began seeing TV host Ilaria D’Amico, who he later married. After the birth of their son in 2016, Buffon and Ilaria went public with their engagement in 2017.
Buffon struggled with depression throughout the 2003–2004 season, and he subsequently said in interviews that he had considered suicide at one point. In the end, he recovered without the use of any medication.