During last month’s 2-1 victory over Sampdoria, legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon matched Paolo Madini’s Serie A appearance record of 647 games. And there's no doubt that Buffon will make the record his own by the time the season ends.
The 41-year-old is Serie A's third oldest ever player with his haul of nine domestic titles a record he already has all to himself. Buffon has made nine appearances in all competitions this season for Juventus and most recently earned the clean sheet in Wednesday’s 4-0 Coppa Italia rout of Udinese.
There's no denying what the legendary goalkeeper has achieved, but the Juventus man has stressed he doesn't want to be burdened by being a role model.
"It's a satisfaction that makes me proud, it's right to be proud [of the Serie A appearance record]. Life is made of sacrifice and sweat, but also of beautiful and frivolous things," Buffon told Calciomercato.com.
"I don't want to be a model for children and people, it's not my aspiration, I don't feel the need to educate anyone. I can be a food for thought, if a family at the table sees Buffon making 700 appearances in Serie A the father could say: ‘See Buffon, besides the man - whom I don't know - had the character to suffer at certain times, the ability and humility to improve’."
Buffon made his Serie A debut in 1995 for Parma in a 0-0 draw against Milan and is currently contracted to Juventus until the end of the season, who sit two points clear of Inter at the top of the Serie A table.