Gianluigi Buffon turned the page on a celebrated 17-year Juventus tenure on Saturday against Hellas Verona, and while the next chapter is yet to be written, the Italian’s collection of records could fill several books.
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In consideration of his time in Serie A with Parma and Juventus, plus his decorated Italian national team spell, here’s a look at some stunning numbers from a career that kicked off in 1995 when the then-17-year-old recorded a clean sheet on his debut for the Gialloblu against AC Milan on Nov. 19:
1: Awarded the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2002-03, Buffon is the only ‘keeper to win the annual honour.
5: Buffon is one of three players to appear in five World Cups, joining Antonio Carbajal (Mexico) and Lothar Matthaus (Germany).
6: The Parma youth product’s six World Cup clean sheets are tops among Italian players.
9: His nine league titles with Juventus are the most for an individual in league history.
7: The shot-stopper’s seven Scudetto conquests on the bounce are a joint-record with Juventus teammates Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini, Stephan Lichtsteiner, and Claudio Marchisio.
10: Buffon’s 10 clean sheets on the spin during the 2015-16 Serie A season is a league record.
12: The Italian’s 12 awards for Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year is tops in league history.
19: His 19 trophies with Juventus is a club record.
21: Buffon has twice set the record for clean sheets in a league season, doing so in 2011-12 and 2015-16.
€52: Buffon’s €52-million transfer fee when he moved from Parma to Juventus in 2001 remains a record amount for a ‘keeper.
115: The Tuscan’s 115 Champions League appearances is a Juventus record, and his 124 run outs in European competition is joint-best with Alessandro Del Piero.
176: The shot-stopper’s 176 caps for Italy is a national team record, 40 more than second-place Fabio Cannavaro, and 80 more than active leader Chiellini.
300: Gigi has recorded 300 clean sheets for the Old Lady.
640: Buffon’s 640 Serie A appearances are second all time to legendary AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini (647).
656: The 2006 World Cup winner has 656 total club appearances with Juventus, second all time to Alessandro Del Piero.
974: Buffon’s 974-minute stretch without conceding a league goal during the 2015-16 campaign is a Serie A record. That’s obscene.
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