3 Potential Long-Term Replacements for Gigi Buffon at Juventus

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3 Potential Long-Term Replacements for Gigi Buffon at Juventus
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The term Bandiera in Italian translates into an iconic figure who sticks with one club throughout his career, and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is one of the true Bandiere for his club, Juventus.

Having stuck with them through their hellish adventure in the Serie B, Gigi has played 430 competitive matches with the Bianconeri and at 35 years old, has another three years in the tank before he sails off into the sunset.

However, the moment will come when Juventus cannot rely anymore on Buffon's sure-handed grip between the pipes, and the time to think ahead starts now. He is a beloved figure among the Bianconeri faithful, and also a catalyst on the Italian national team who can be looked at as one of the main reasons why Italy won the World Cup in 2006.

It'll be up to Juventus to groom the ultimate prodigy who can instantly slot in and start a legacy of his own. Here are three prospects who can realistically take over for the unimaginable day when Gianluigi Buffon will retire.

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