The legendary goalkeeper set a new record when strengthening Juventus in the Turin derby against Torino.
Gianluigi Buffon officially shifted AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini as the most performer in the history of Italian Serie A. He set a new record when he brought his team to beat Torino on Saturday (4/7) night WIB.
In the match that was held at Juventus Stadium last night, Buffon trusted coach Maurizio Sarri to be starter and he brought his team to a 4-1 win, with Andrea Belotti uprooted via a penalty in time injury time first round.
Buffon has now recorded 648 appearances in the highest caste of Italian football, ahead of Maldini who summarized 647 appearances during his glorious career with Milan.
648 – Gianluigi #Buffon will play today his 648th Serie A game, overtaking Paolo Maldini and becoming the player with the most top italian league official appearances (648). Perpetual. #JuveToro pic.twitter.com/c9Jd1qDjzI
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) July 4, 2020
Juventus are now comfortable at the top of the standings by enjoying a seven-point advantage ahead of nearest rivals Lazio, who elsewhere gave up 3-0 when they host Milan at the Stadio Olimpico.
When asked about Buffon, who signed a contract extension for another year in June, coach Maurizzo Sarri could only give the 42-year figure a flattery.
“Everyone can congratulate Buffon for what he did during his career,” Sarri said at a press conference session.
“He is a legend. Needless to say, let’s give the applause. That’s what we do in the dressing room today, no words. Just look at the statistics, he is a legend. “
Buffon was Juve’s ‘new recruitment’ last summer after he stopped briefly at Paris Saint-Germain. Sports director Fabio Paratici did not expect the goalkeeper to go home and set this record.
“We didn’t think Buffon would come back, but when there was a chance, we immediately took it,” Paratici told Sky Sport Italia.
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“We are very happy for Gigi. Besides being a great player, I consider him to be a good friend who I learned very much from his lessons. I am very happy.
“Football is a little different now, because we are basically in the preseason stage and now we are actually challenging the title. It’s not easy, the teams are not as sharp as usual, but goals [Paulo] Dybala against Genoa is an example of the sharpness that few players have in just two weeks. “