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Flashback: Buffon becomes world’s most expensive goalkeeper

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.

How influential has Buffon been for both club and country? This sums it up quite nicely:

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).