Gianluigi Buffon named as world’s second best player

Italy and Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon have secured second place in goal 50 of 2017. 

The goalkeeper's icon turned 39 in January, but he has enjoyed a stellar 12 months, winning another league and cup double with the Bianconeri, whom he also led to the Champions League final.

Of course, Buffon – who remains the most expensive goalkeeper in the world 16 years after his € 52 million transfer from Parma to Turin – was disconsolate after Juve's loss to Real Madrid in Cardiff, but not He could do nothing about his team 4-1 defeat.

The native of Carrara had played a fundamental role in the fact that the Lady reached the final by completing 600 minutes without conceding a goal in the Champions League, a personal best, before the blow of Kylian Mbappe for Monaco in the match back from the semifinal. final.

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In addition, Buffon's performance in a 1-0 victory over a 10-man Juve over Lyon in the group stage was immediately praised as one of the best of his career, silencing the critics who had fired him .

"I love it when they celebrate his funeral," he was enthusiastic the night he saved Alexandre Lacazette's criminal, "and then he shows them they're still alive."

Meanwhile, a sixth straight Serie A title took Buffon's overall count to eight, moving him to the level of Virginio Rosetta, Giovanni Ferrari and Giuseppe Furino as the most Scudetti players in Italian soccer history.

The second place also represents its highest ranking in history in Goal 50, with its best previous result having been 16th place in 2015.

But who denied the first place of & # 39; San Gigi & # 39 ;? Lionel Messi? Cristiano Ronaldo? Neymar? Everything will be revealed when the final list of Goal 50 is published at 1200 UK time on Tuesday.

Goal 50 is an annual award that recognizes and ranks the 50 best footballers in the world in the last 12 months. The editors and correspondents of the 37 editions of Goal around the world cast their votes, with the candidates judged by their level of consistency over the previous year, their great performances, the football legacy and the success of their teams in clubs and international level.

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