Gianluigi Buffon spoke to Copa90 about his illustrious career and discussed his potential heir on the national team; Gianluigi Donnarumma.
“I often think about that, it’s unusual to find a player who can link 40 years of football,” Buffon told Copa90.
“I started playing with guys who were born in the 60s, and I’ll finish with those born in the 2000s.
“That’s something I’m proud of, football has changed so much, it’s more difficult now and despite that I’ve been a protagonist.
“For goalkeepers the game has changed with your feet, when I started the backpass rule had just come in.
“Before the goalkeeper just cleared it, but in the past six or seven years the goalkeeper has also had to build the play, make precise throws and maybe even beat an opponent.
“Because of that the the job is more complicated, the goalkeeper must take more responsibility.
“A goalkeeper to follow me? At the moment the most interesting is Donnarumma, at a European level he’s the youngest and it’s normal that there’s curiosity surrounding him.
“He’s a lad with extraordinary skills, but in general I appreciate all good goalkeepers. I like to see a goalkeeper making a nice gesture.
“If [Manuel] Neuer, [Thibaut] Courtois or [David] De Gea do something good I enjoy it, and I feel admiration.
“Alongside them I’d also put [Jan] Oblak, [Hugo] Lloris, [Samir] Handanovic, Alisson, [Wojciech] Szczesny, [Joe] Hart… I often watch them because I like to understand their method of making saves.”
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