According to the former goalkeeper, the legendary Italian should have won the Ballon d’Or at least once.
As Gianluigi Buffon turns 40, he revealed that he is still open to extending his professional career furthermore and see where that takes him. This has certainly come as good news for all Bianconeri fans, who have enjoyed witnessing arguably the greatest goalkeeper of all time for years now. Even though Buffon started his professional career 23 years ago, he remains at the peak of his power and keeps impressing with each day passed.
And one of his former team-mates, Emanuele Belardi, gave an interview with Goal where he shares his opinion about the Juventus goalkeeper as well as his opinion on one matter in particular. Belardi revealed that Buffon was a true champion, willing to help out his team-mates no matter what. And while he had a legendary status, he remained down to earth throughout his entire career.
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– He is a golden boy, always ready to joke and play around. Even today, he’s always available to meet up in spite of his thousands of commitments.
– Never did it weigh on you the comparison between a great champion like him and his understudy.
And while Belardi is disappointed that Buffon never got his hands on the Champions League trophy, he thinks it is even more frustrating that the Italian has not been given the Ballon d’Or award after all these years.
– Someone like Gigi deserved that recognition,” he argues. “He’s the greatest goalkeeper of all time. He’s the Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo of the posts; a true world-class player.