On July 3, 2001, Gianluigi Buffon joined Juventus from Parma for a €52 million fee, a world record that still stands as the most expensive transfer for a goalkeeper.
Sixteen years later, Buffon is still going strong – he’s become a Juventus icon, and is generally regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the sport’s history, having won a number of titles with the bianconeri, and a World Cup with Italy in 2006 in Germany.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 3, 2017
How influential has Buffon been for both club and country? This sums it up quite nicely:
On this day in 2001, Buffon completed his move to Juventus…
And the rest, as they say, is history. Sweet, successful history. pic.twitter.com/cl6YQWSvbu
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You can also read Adam Digby’s in-depth piece on Buffon, who has earned a record 169 caps for Italy, and made over 600 appearances for Juventus (behind only Alessandro Del Piero).