Thursday May 17 2018
Buffon by the numbers

As Gianluigi Buffon announces that he’s leaving Juventus, Football Italia takes a look at the numbers behind his extraordinary career.

The goalkeeper refused to be drawn on whether he’ll hang up his gloves, indicating he’s had “some proposals and exciting challenges, both on the field and off it”.

A final decision will be made in the coming days, but we’ve taken this opportunity to look back on his extraordinary career so far.

Gigi has made more Serie A appearances than any other goalkeeper with 639, and is second only to Paolo Maldini overall [647].

Buffon has played 655 times for Juventus since signing in 2001, keeping 300 clean sheets.

In total Buffon has played 875 club games, conceding 729 goals and keeping 383 clean sheets.

Gigi holds the Serie A clean sheet record, going 974 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal  in 2015-16.

No-one has made more appearances for Italy than Buffon, with the goalkeeper winning a European record 176 caps so far.

Only Alessandro Del Piero has played more games for Juventus with 705, and no-one has played more minutes.

Buffon holds the record for Champions League appearances for Juventus with 115. His record of 124 in UEFA competition is shared with Del Piero.

Gigi has played over 1,000 professional games in his career.

No goalkeeper can match Buffon’s 12 awards for Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year.

Buffon has twice set the record for Serie A clean sheets, managing 21 in both 2011-12 and 2015-16.

Buffon holds the record for most Italy clean sheets [77], most clean sheets at the World Cup [six] and most penalties saved [five].

If the price is calculated in Euros, he remains the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, with Juve paying €52m to sign him back in 2001.

Gigi shares the record for most consecutive Scudetti, with  Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini, Stephan Lichtsteiner, and Claudio Marchisio after their seventh triumph in a row this season.

Buffon has won nine Scudetti overall, which is a record. The man himself counts 11, including the 2004-05 and 2005-06 titles revoked in the Calciopoli scandal.