Biography of Gianluigi Buffon: – Italian footballer, considered almost unanimously the best goalkeeper of his time and one of the best in history. Gianluigi Buffon, Gigi for his intimates, was born in the bosom of a family with great artistic concerns and very fond of all kinds of sports. His father, Adriano Buffon, was dedicated to the athletics and was champion junior of Italy in throwing of weight; his mother, Maria Stella, was singer of certain recognition in the decades of 1970 and 1980; his maternal uncle, Angelo Masocco, dedicated himself to professional basketball, and his two sisters, Guendalina and Veronica, played many years of volleyball as professionals.
Biography of Gianluigi Buffon
- Born:- 28 January 1978 (age 39), Carrara, Italy
- Height:- 1.91 m
- Spouse:- Alena Šeredová (m. 2011–2014)
- Salary:- 4 million EUR (2016)
- Partner:- Ilaria D’Amico (2014–)
- Current Teams:- Juventus F.C. (#1 / Goalkeeper), Italy national football team(#1 / Goalkeeper)
Buffon began playing football in the school, without a fixed position, until his companions, given his height (would measure 1.90 m), begged him to cover the goal in a final game. Since then he considered himself goalkeeper and goalkeeper only. Immediately, a scout from Parma looked at his qualities and signed him for the lower categories of the Parmesan team.
Without having made debut in the first equipment, its name already made a hole in the media in 1993, when obtaining with Italy the title of the European Championship of 16, disputed in Turkey, in which it was chosen better goalkeeper of the match. At that time his idol was the Cameroonian RCD Espanyol of Barcelona Tommy N’Kono, although in his childhood he also admired the Spanish José Ángel Iribar, Athletic Club of Bilbao.
After winning the gold medal in the Mediterranean Games of Bari ’95, he made his debut in the Italian first division, against Milan AC, a distant 19 of November of 1995, and dazzled. The following year he was proclaimed champion of Europe sub 21 and on October 29, 1997 he would make his debut against Russia. Closed the World Cup Germany 2006, had wrapped the international shirt in 64 games.
In spite of his excellent statistics, he would continue in Parma until the end of the 2000-2001 seasons, having played a total of 168 official matches since 1995. With his youth team he won two consecutive UEFA Cups in 1998 and 1999, conquered the Glass of Italy in those two same years. In addition, with the Parma, it gained the Supercopa Italian in 1999.
In the summer of 2001 he made the big leap: Juventus of Turin, of the magnate Giovanni Agnelli, signed for the exorbitant figure (for a goalkeeper and in a time of skinny cows) of 40 million dollars. That summer was disputed several elite European teams, among them two Spaniards, Real Madrid Club de Fútbol and, above all, the Futbol Club Barcelona, that came to offer by the phlegmatic Buffon 5,000 million of the old pesetas (about 30 millions of euros). That transfer was still in 2006 an absolute record in the signing of a keeper.
In Juventus he became the reference player in a goalkeeper who, thanks to his reflexes and his unique placement under the sticks, optimized by the famous catenaccio of Italian soccer, fit very few goals. With him in the goal, Juventus would already be awarded the League 2201-2202, followed by three consecutive, although was deprived of the title 2005-2206 following the “Moggigate case,” a plot to buy referees and of players in which also was involved, among others, the great rival of the Juve, AC Milan, that nevertheless maintained the category, although would start the league with 17 points less. After descending to the lower category, Juventus broke off almost all its stars, filling their coffers by the time they returned to Division A.
In 2003 Buffon had already won an award that in a certain way gave official status to his status as the best keeper in the world, according to critics and fans: at the end of that season, the International Federation of Football and Statistics (IFFHS) acronyms) awarded him the trophy that credited him as the best goalkeeper in the world. In a poll of 85 countries representing five continents, the Italian received 186 points, at a great distance from his two immediate supporters: Spaniard Iker Casillas (112) and German Oliver Kahn (108). Buffon became the second goalkeeper to win the prestigious award, after legendary goalkeeper Walter Zenga, who won it three consecutive years, 1989-1991, in the first three seasons of the trophy.
Jester has played three consecutive World Cups: France (1998), in which he hardly played; Japan / Korea (2002) – where Italy were defeated with a controversial knockout round by host Korea Republic – and Germany (2006), in which they relished the triumph both in the personal aspect and the victory of their selection in the penalty shootout against the other finalist, France. Of Buffon (who, despite his enormous stature is, with its 83 kg of weight, a porter of great agility, excellent in the one against one and with great sense of the anticipation) it is necessary to also emphasize his uploads to the auction and his ease to turn into goal the la unch of penalties and some foul in the vicinity of the opposing area.
In the World Cup in Germany (2006), Italy went from less to more. He demonstrated his aspirations for the title in a superb game against the host, Germany, who could not do anything before the game developed by the Azzurri and, above all, before the splendid performance of Buffon. The Cancerbero made several stops of merit that later endorsed him to be distinguished with the prize Lev Yashin to the best goalkeeper of the World-wide one, supported prize, also, in the time in which maintained his goal to zero; 470 minutes, 60 less than the record of his compatriot Zenga, who remained undefeated for 517 minutes in the World Cup Italy ’90.
His predecessors in the Lev Yashin prize (1994) were Michel Preud’homme, Frenchman Fabien Barthez and German Oliver Khan, winners in 1994, 1998 and 2002, respectively, although the Teuton, in the World Cup World of 2002, was also awarded (with controversy included) the trophy to the best player of the World Cup, an award that had never been given to a goalkeeper.
On the pitch and in his sportswear, Buffon does not use the name, Gianluigi, but only the surname, which he adopted as a rule without exceptions when he moved to the professional field. He is a great fan of fiction films, especially American heroes like Superman, a character he also owns a large collection of comics. Of a rather withdrawn character, he is very fond of gambling. When he declared before the judge by the “Moggigate case”, he confessed incurable ludópata. His passion is the typical dishes of the Italian pasta in the way of Parma, although his favorite cheese is the mozzarella.
In 2006, at the age of twenty-seven, the ideal age for a goalkeeper, he did not see himself playing football until he was forty (as did another goalkeeper he admired, his compatriot Dino Zoff), but he was already preparing to become a coach, a title that would allow him sta y connected to football until his golden retirement. However, his associates ventured that, despite the enormous volume of their income as the highest paid porter in the world, he would never enjoy a stable economic position if he could not overcome his addiction to gambling, where he bets worthy of a sheikh of oil.