Gianluigi Buffon made his 903rd appearance for Juventus on Saturday as the Old Lady triumphed over Spal at the Allianz Stadium.
Buffon eclipsed Paolo Maldini’s record of having most appearances for a Serie A team as Juventus extended their unbeaten spell against Spal.
The Italian veteran had equaled Maldini’s record of 902nd Serie A appearance when the Old Lady
welcomed Hellas Verona to Allianz Stadium, before he was rested against newly promoted Brescia.
Having made 220 total appearances for Parma before moving to Juventus, the 41-year-old has 683 appearances for the Old Lady.
After the game against Spal, Buffon disclosed to reporters how happy and proud he is, knowing he has eclipsed the record of one considered to be the best Serie A player of all time.
Unlike Buffon, Maldini spent all his time at AC Milan kick-starting his career during the 1984/1985 season when he made one just appearance for the Rossoneri.
“It’s a great satisfaction, I wasn’t aware I was so close to this record two games ago, I found out at the last game. I was told I had reached Paolo [Maldini],” Buffon said.
Buffon has 9 Serie A titles with Juventus and 5 Coppa Italia titles which included one with Parma, but he is yet to lift the UEFA Champions league.
“It makes me very happy and very proud,” Buffon continued, “proud for what I did, but as I said to your colleagues, I am happy because I got here not dragging myself, but as a high-level player. That’s what I think I can say without being presumptuous.
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“Therefore I also added, earlier on, that I will always thank my parents and my wife, which has been benevolent with me, but I can also say that there’s something of my own in all this.”
The Juventus Greatest Goalkeeper of all time in his quest for Champions league trophy had left for PSG where he won the League 1 trophy before returning to Italy but without the UEFA Champions League.