After starting his football career with Parma F.C., he proved worth a record transfer fee by top Juventus F.C. to four straight league titles. Almost perfect during Italy’s jog to the 2006 FIFA World Cup title, Buffon has since cemented his standing as among the planet ‘s top goalkeepers.
The son two sportsmen—his dad was a weightlifter and his mom was a discus thrower—Buffon shown his exceptional fit genes in football matches. Initially a midfielder, he changed to goalkeeper at age 11, and joined the youth system of Parma F.C. at 13.
He created himself as his team’s regular starter in 1997, with his brilliant work defending the net helping Parma claim the UEFA Cup, Italian Cup and Italian Supercup in 1999.
The 6’4″ goalkeeper formed a powerful belief in his debut for the senior national team during a FIFA World Cup qualifying match in October 1997, but did not play in the subsequent year’s Cup. He grabbed the starting occupation for Italy before the 2000 European Championship, but suffered a broken hand and missed that tournament too.
He proved worth the substantial amount by top Juventus to four successive league titles as well as some of Italian Supercups, earning UEFA Team Footballer of the Year honours in 2003. He also broke through to the international level together with his powerful play at 2002 FIFA World Cup.
In May 2006, Buffon was among several players charged with betting on matches in the ill-famed Calciopoli scandal. He was cleared of wrongdoing, and elected to stay with all the team even after Juventus was stripped of its own two most recent league titles and relegated to the 2nd division as punishment. In spite of the negativity surrounding Italian football, Buffon directed an inspired squad to the 2006 FIFA World Cup championship, surrendering only two goals to earn the Yashin Award as the tournament’s top goalkeeper. By the end of the entire year, he finished second in the Ballon d’Or Award voting.
Buffon missed almost all of the 2010 FIFA World Cup using a back injury, however he was chosen to the Team of the Tournament at the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. Meanwhile, Juventus returned to the very top of the pack of the Italian first division with back to back titles in 2012 and 2013.
Buffon revealed he was as impenetrable as ever with no goals allowed in the 2013 Italian Supercup final success.