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Juventus 2001-2006, 2007-Present
The best goalkeeper Italy has ever produced and quite possibly the best the world has ever seen, Gigi Buffon's positioning, agility and reflexes have made him one of the games most celebrated shot-stoppers.
Buffon debuted for Parma on November 19 1995, keeping a clean sheet against eventual champions AC Milan as a 17-year-old. He was a regular starter by 1996-97, his second full season with the first team, and eventually made over 200 appearances in a Parma shirt, winning a Coppa Italia and a UEFA Cup as he went.
In the summer 2001 transfer window, Juventus paid the astronomical sum of 100 billion lire (€52 million today) for Buffon's services, far and away the most ever paid for a goalkeeper. He rewarded his new club by anchoring the best defense in Serie A in 2001-02 and winning his first-ever scudetto.
Buffon won another title the next year and two more in the middle of the decade that have since been wiped away in the wake of calicopoli. He was one of several Juve stars who stayed with the team after they were forcibly relegated in the wake of the scandal, playing so well in '06-07 that he was elected the goalkeeper of that year's FIFPro XI despite not playing top-flight soccer.
He kept five clean sheets in seven matches in Italy's World Cup title run in 2006, including a 453-minute scoreless streak. Four years later, however, he only played 45 minutes of the World Cup due to a back injury and spent the first half of the club season recovering. He was visibly diminished when he did return and many wondered if the superkeeper was done. A resurgence in the last two years has cemented his continuing place as one of, if not the best goalkeeper in the world today.
Chief amongst Buffon's numerous gifts is his ability to marshal a defense He showed this talent in spades last season after Juve switched tactics to a three-man defensive system the likes of which he had never played behind, but still allowed only 20 goals in 38 league matches: the best defensive record in Europe.
Overall he has won three official championships, a Coppa Italia, four Supercoppas, a UEFA Cup, has reached the final of the Champions League, and has won a record nine Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year awards, as well as numerous international awards for keepers. He currently holds the captain's armband for both Juve and Italy.