Gianluigi Buffon

1978 - Today

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Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon (Italian pronunciation: [dʒanluˈiːdʒi bufˈfɔːn]; born 28 January 1978) is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, he is one of the few recorded players to have made over 1,100 professional career appearances and holds the record for the most appearances in Serie A. Buffon made his Serie A debut at Parma in 1995, helping Parma to win the Coppa Italia, the UEFA Cup and the Supercoppa Italiana in 1999. After joining Juventus in 2001, for the world record fee for a goalkeeper of €52.9 million at the time, Buffon won Serie A titles in both of his first two seasons at the club. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gianluigi Buffon has received more than 16,088,101 page views. His biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 89 in 2019). Gianluigi Buffon is the 73rd most popular soccer player (down from 71st in 2019), the 684th most popular biography from Italy (up from 825th in 2019) and the 12th most popular Italian Soccer Player.

Gianluigi Buffon is most famous for being a goalkeeper for the Italian national team and Juventus. He is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

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Among soccer players, Gianluigi Buffon ranks 73 out of 21,273Before him are Gheorghe Hagi, George Weah, Franco Baresi, Gianni Rivera, Silvio Piola, and Francesco Totti. After him are Miguel Muñoz, Gordon Banks, Rivaldo, Neymar, Giacinto Facchetti, and Paul Breitner.

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Among people born in 1978, Gianluigi Buffon ranks 2Before him is Volodymyr Zelensky. After him are Miroslav Klose, Kobe Bryant, Didier Drogba, Carles Puyol, Omar Sy, Gennaro Gattuso, Michelle Rodriguez, Ian Somerhalder, Juan Román Riquelme, and Charlene, Princess of Monaco.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Gianluigi Buffon ranks 684 out of 5,161Before him are Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence (1510), Euhemerus (-330), Silvio Piola (1913), Joanna I of Naples (1326), Eugenio Montale (1896), and Francesco Totti (1976). After him are Dario Argento (1940), Francis of Paola (1416), Conrad of Montferrat (1146), Camillus de Lellis (1550), Dino Buzzati (1906), and Pisanello (1395).


Among soccer players born in Italy, Gianluigi Buffon ranks 12Before him are Roberto Mancini (1964), Luigi Riva (1944), Franco Baresi (1960), Gianni Rivera (1943), Silvio Piola (1913), and Francesco Totti (1976). After him are Giacinto Facchetti (1942), Alessandro Del Piero (1974), Fabio Cannavaro (1973), Filippo Inzaghi (1973), Sandro Mazzola (1942), and Gianluca Vialli (1964).