Twenty long years ago Gianluigi Buffon made his Serie A debut for Parma in a match against Milan. This coming Saturday, after having climbed to the summit of excellence, the world's greatest goalkeeper since Lev Yashin will likely take his place against Milan again while wearing the jersey of Juventus, a club that has brought him so much success.
A man who once enjoyed scoring the goals but who was fated to act as Superman between the posts, Buffon was only 17 years old when then-Parma coach Nevio Scala realised the phenomenon he boasted within his ranks. Watching the youngster's technical skills, nothing impressed him more than the inner strength that the young Buffon had. Calm, mature and composed, the pressure of the occasion did nothing to scare Buffon, allowing him to keep a clean sheet against a Rossoneri side that had Roberto Baggio and George Weah at the time.
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