Buffon proud to break Maldini’s record
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon admits it was a proud day after he eclipsed Paolo Maldini's record for most games played at club level.
The 41-year-old made his 903rd club appearance on Saturday as he helped them record a 2-0 win over SPAL.
While Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the headlines after scoring on his return, the night belonged to Buffon after he collected another special milestone.
Buffon matched Maldini’s record last week against Hellas Verona, but he can now add to that tally before the end of the season.
The Tuscany-born defender returned to Juve from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, and he admits it was a proud night for his family and friends.
He told reporters: “It’s a great satisfaction, I wasn’t aware I was so close to this record two games ago, I found out at the last game. I was told I had reached Paolo [Maldini].
“It makes me very happy and very proud, proud for what I did, but as I said to your colleagues, I am happy because I got here not dragging myself but as a high-level player. That’s what I think I can say without being presumptuous. Therefore I also added, earlier on, that I will always thank my parents and my wife, which has been benevolent with me, but I can also say that there’s something of my own in all this.”
Maldini played all of his club football for Milan, but Buffon started his career with Parma. After 220 matches for them, he then enjoyed a 17-year stay in Turin, and he will be looking to go out on a high this season.
He has won nine Serie A titles, five Coppa Italia’s and the Ligue 1 title while with PSG. Buffon has never won the Champions League, but the Italian giants will fancy their chances this season.
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