Italian and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made history today as the player with the most Italian Serie A appearances.
Buffon made his 648th appearance after being named in the starting line up in the Derby della Mole against city rivals Torino.
The 2006 World Cup winner surpasses former AC Milan great Paolo Maldini who he was previously tied with on 647 appearances.
It’s a landmark of a record for the 42-year-old who made his Serie A debut in the colours of Parma at the age of 17 against AC Milan on November 19, 1995.
Coincidentally, Maldini, the man he overtakes his record today was on the pitch on the same day.
It has been a stellar career for a man who has been touted as one of the greatest goalkeepers to have ever graced the round leather game and possibly the greatest of his generation.
In 647 Serie A matches so far, Buffon kept 296 clean sheets and conceded 524 goals.
Gigi will be playing his 1,115th competitive game of his career at all levels with 920 goals conceded.
Today’s match will be his 670th Juventus appearance in all competition. He has 316 clean sheets and has conceded 527 goals.
At Parma, he amazed 220 games keeping 85 clean sheets while at Paris Saint-Germain he had 25 games keeping nine clean sheets.
The three-time European goalkeeper of the year holds the all-time longest unbeaten Serie A run for a goalkeeper, clocking in at 973 minutes.
Buffon has won a record nine Serie A titles, which is also a record five Coppa Italia, six Italian Supercups, one UEFA Cup, one Ligue 1 title, one French Supercup and the Serie B championship.
He won the FIFA World Cup in 2006.