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3. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)

Gigi Buffon

Gigi Buffon has been Italy’s numero uno for almost 2 decades now, and is the most capped player in the history of the Italian national team with 150 caps. Buffon began his career with Parma, and became the most expensive goalkeeper in history, following his transfer to Juventus in 2001. With the Old Lady he has produced some of his finest performances, holding the record for the most clean sheets in Serie A. He has been named the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper four times (second only to Iker Casillas, with five awards), and was the winner of the 2006 Yashin Award following Italy’s World Cup victory. A leader on the pitch, Buffon is terrific at organizing his defenders, thus indirectly responsible for Italy’s strong defensive performances in recent times.

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