The year just gone was a memorable one for Italy captain Gigi Buffon, on a team level but especially on a personal basis. He was a key figure as Juventus did the league and cup double in 2015-16 and a star for Italy as they performed well at EURO 2016. He received various awards and recognitions for his international and national performances, both for what he’s done in the past and for what he’s doing now.
The 39-year-old’s exemplary career saw him win the Gaetano Scirea Prize. The honour recognises decency and sporting loyalty. In October, he was presented with the Golden Foot and that international award allowed Gigi to leave his handprint on the Champions Promenade in Monte Carlo alongside illustrious company such as Pelè, Maradona, Di Stefano and Baggio.
That wasn’t all. The affection in which he still held doesn’t just look back to the past but also stems from his continued excellence as he remains one of the world’s top goalkeepers. After winning the Pallone Azzurro 2016 (More) at New Year’s, he went a few days later into UEFA’s Team of the Year (More) alongside his club and international teammate Leonardo Bonucci.
In other words, both fans and experts have had their say and unanimously agreed that the world’s number one is still the same after 20 years!