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Friday, October 14, 2011

Beyond The Pitch: The Michelangelo of Goalkeepers, Gigi Buffon

Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon is one of the most gifted and individually decorated goalkeepers of his generation. He has an extremely candid and keen intellect which almost seems to fuel his air of mystique: equal part exquisite talent and cold-blooded efficiency, an athlete as master craftsman and performance artist.

But Buffon rarely minces words either. He seems to sidestep a familiar sound-byte trap which often becomes front page controversy or personal minefields from an Italian press that seems to provoke them as a reflex response. When journalists ask Buffon a question, they most often receive detailed and thoughtful replies.

Buffon is a man who usually has a smile on his face in the worst of situations. He became a World Cup champion in July 2006 and weeks later, voluntarily descended with Juventus to the obscurity of the Italian Serie B. From the agony of forced relegation to the ecstasy of winning the World Cup, Buffon didn’t miss a beat which speaks volumes to his unique character and enduring reputation among players and supporters alike.

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Buffon was born in Carrara, Tuscany, on 28 January 1978. Carrara is the same locale where Michelangelo Buonarroti quarried marble for his famous sculptures.

To read more of my commentary at Beyond The Pitch, please click the images above or here.

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