Gigi Buffon: I'm one of the best pieces of business in Juventus history'
- The iconic Italian keeper departed Turin last summer, after 17 years of faithful service
- He became one of the most expensive keepers in the history of football, a record broken by Ederson and Kepa
- The 40-year-old veteran keeper believes he became one of the best pieces of business in the history of the Old Lady
Back in 2001, the now legendary keeper left Parma for Turin in a deal worth 100 billion lire (£32.6m at the time).
His standing as the most expensive goalkeeper in world football stood tall until Ederson moved to Manchester City in 2017 and Alisson and Kepa Arrizabalaga were signed by Liverpool and Chelsea in the summer of 2018 respectively.
The 40-year-old proved to become a living legend for the club and a real deal, with over 650 appearances taken in while landing nine Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia crowns.
One of the very few things that I consider myself lucky to have witnessed is the career of Gianluigi Buffon in a Juventus shirt, from his 1st day till his last. Special man & legend. 1 of 3 players that for me perfectly resemble Juventus. The other two are Del Piero & Marchisio. pic.twitter.com/5QxUHYzUfo— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) October 8, 2018
Here's what our legend told FourFourTwo: “This is a period in which the sums that teams are spending on players have become extraordinary compared to what they used to be.
“I think of these as very intelligent moves. If we go back to my signing at Juve, the amount of money they spent on me had every critic saying the exact same thing: ‘No, you can’t pay that much money for a goalkeeper.’
“And, you know, it’s right that those conversations happen as well.
“But in the end, I was at Juventus for 17 years. I think that with me, Juve made one of the best pieces of business in their history. If you look at it now, I doubt anyone could disagree with that.”
Lippi: ''I would have preferred that Buffon had finished his career at Juventus but these are just my thoughts. Azzurri? I think he has finished with the National team, then he has great loyalty and if they need him, he will be available." pic.twitter.com/G1YJqk72Ib— Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) July 9, 2018
Buffon added on the Premier League class of 2019: “Ederson, Kepa and Alisson – all three of them are very young, just as I was young when I went to Juventus.
“So, they assure their new club of this long period of time in which they know they won’t need to get another keeper.