Gianluigi Buffon has been one of the football world’s best goalkeepers for a very long time. The Italian started his career at Parma, making his professional debut on November 19, 1995, in a match against AC Milan (0-0).
The 38-year-old was part of Parma’s illustrious team that dominated the second part of the 90’s, being a team-mate of the likes of Fabio Cannavaro, Lilian Thuram, Juan Sebastian Veron and Hernan Crespo, winning the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia in 1999.
In the summer of 2001 Buffon moved to Juventus for £39.66 million, still a record transfer fee for a goalkeeper, and he has stayed with the current Serie A champions ever since. He’s won six league titles with the Old Lady, while also winning the 2006 World Cup with Italy, registering 154 caps so far, and reaching the Champions League final twice.
Now, “Gigi” has revealed he nearly made a move to the Premier League. Buffon had talks with Arsenal and Manchester United, before Manchester City came close to signing the star goal keeper in the 2007/2008 period.
However, a switch from Italy to England never materialised…