Gianluigi Buffon (born January 28, 1978 in Carrara) is an Italian football player. He is a goalkeeper for Juventus and the Italian national team, and is generally regarded as one of today's top goalkeepers.
Buffon started his career with Parma in 1995. In 2003, he won the Most Valuable Player and Best Goalkeeper awards at the UEFA European Football Awards. Buffon currently the current world record fee paid for a goalkeeper after his July 2001 move from Parma to Juventus for 36 million pounds. He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.
After backing up Gianluca Pagliuca at the 1998 World Cup and missing out Euro 2000 with an injury, Buffon started for Italy at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. He was a member of the Italian Olympic Team at the 1996 Olympic Games.