Gianluigi Buffon is set to become the first-ever player in the Italian Serie A to reach the mark of 650 games. The 42-year-old goalkeeper is expected to start for Juventus on Saturday as they face Crotone. First-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is likely to be rested after international duty, giving Buffon the gloves for the first time in 2020-21.
Buffon made his debut for Parma against AC Milan in November 1995 and he has gone on to play 649 games in the highest Italian league. If he starts for Juventus against Crotone he will become the first player to have played 650 games, moving three clear of the previous record holder: AC Milan legend defender Paolo Maldini.
It will also mark Buffon’s 24th season as a professional footballer and his 22nd in the Serie A. He also had one year in the Serie B with Juventus in the 2006-07 season and one season with Paris Saint-Germain in 2018-19. Buffon has kept 296 clean sheets in his 649 games in the Serie A. As a club player he has amassed a total of 916 professional matches, while he has also earned 176 senior caps for Italy.