Gianluigi Buffon

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Dear @ivanrakitic, as a goalkeeper I might still play but playing for Croatia as a midfielder in your place might not be a great idea: I am saying it for your good sake. Joking apart, your words have been a great gift. Thanks to you and @JordiAlba: my jersey is waiting for you.feedback
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Gianluigi Buffon has most recently been quoted in an article called 'Replacing you at the World Cup might not be a great idea!' - Buffon grateful for Rakitic tribute. Gianluigi Buffon said, “Dear @ivanrakitic, as a goalkeeper I might still play but playing for Croatia as a midfielder in your place might not be a great idea: I am saying it for your good sake. Joking apart, your words have been a great gift. Thanks to you and @JordiAlba: my jersey is waiting for you.”. Gianluigi Buffon has been quoted a grand total of 147 times in 75 articles.
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Oct 23 2017

I think the last year was a fantastic year for Juventus. But it wasn't enough to win in Europe.feedback

Oct 10 2017

I'd say the strongest I've played against are Ronaldo - the Brazilian - Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane. After those four I'd talk about my teammates, defenders I've played with from [Lilian] Thuram, [Fabio] Cannavaro and [Ciro] Ferrara to [Giorgio] Chiellini, [Andrea] Barzagli, [Leonardo] Bonucci and [Daniele] Rugani. To get great results in defence you need human empathy and I've always been successful at that. Those are the players who have written the most important history in domestic and international football.feedback

Oct 10 2017

Among the Italians, in terms of talent, I'd have [Andrea] Pirlo, [Francesco] Totti, [Alessandro] Del Piero and Roberto Baggio. At that point, to make it five, I'd have Paolo Maldini.feedback

Oct 06 2017

We are still carrying the after-effects of that match. If we had won 1-0 tonight, I don't think it would've changed anything in terms of performance as a team, as individuals, in the fluidity of our play.feedback

Oct 06 2017 - World Cup

The draw only exacerbated the need to emerge from this difficult moment. Some of us, including myself, must take the responsibility and help the others to be part of a group that has enthusiasm, ideas and wants to go to the World Cup.feedback

Sep 28 2017

The credit goes all to Higuain. He deserves it, he had to give the response on the field and he did that. I'm happy he broke through, as we needed him and we need his goals.feedback

Sep 05 2017

Real Madrid haven't lacked anything over the past 10 years, as they have bought the best footballers. They have won two Champions Leagues with him and he has often been important on the way to winning them.feedback

Sep 04 2017

He was the perfect player, as he had power, speed, intuition technical skills and quickness. He was a jaw-dropping player. It seemed like he was created in a lab.feedback

Sep 04 2017

The season started too well for me, so it's natural that something now goes wrong. People ask me if I felt hurt by what was said about me, but I honestly don't. This does not affect what I am and what I want to keep being.feedback

Sep 04 2017

We need to accept criticism. It's inevitable like the changing of the seasons. Personally, I don't feel resentment. We lost 3-0 in a very important game, I'm the goalkeeper and the captain, it's natural to receive criticism.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - World Cup

We mustn't lose faith in our journey, as we still need to do what's necessary to reach the World Cup. We should have done better, however we continue to believe in what we're doing and focus on reaching the play-offs.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - World Cup

There is a year ahead of us, there will be training camps to refine certain mechanisms. There are values in this squad that don't always emerge.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Israel

That second place isn't mathematically locked down yet, so the next game with Israel is going to be fundamental. We must prepare and win.feedback

Jul 28 2017

Him "the best goalkeeper in this era.feedback

Jul 27 2017

It will make Serie A more enjoyable in a sporting sense, even if last year Napoli and Roma were fighting and we couldn't open up a gap.feedback

Jul 27 2017

You'll see the value of teams who had a few seasons of decline.feedback

Jul 27 2017

Leo felt he needed a new challenge and Milan intrigued him. Are Milan contenders? I think so… I look forward to a more balanced league.feedback

Jul 27 2017

This could be my final year and it's really electrifying. I want to try and enjoy the special aspect of things, like with all experiences. When you go to a place and think that it is the last time, you appreciate the beauty more and want to remember the emotions it brings you forever.feedback

Jun 30 2017

I did have a bit of a 15-minute chat with Gigio, though. I can't tell you what we said. I have no idea if he'll remain at Milan, but I merely tell him to do what makes him happy.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Champions League

I'm 99.9 percent certain of retirement. I'm going to have one final, intense season, rich in big moments, and then it will be time to say enough is enough. We've just left one small possibility open with the president [Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli]. That is if we manage to win the Champions League I will carry on playing one more year to try to win the Club World Cup and other trophies.feedback

Jun 12 2017

I'm going to have one final, intense season, rich in big moments, and then it will be time to say enough is enough.feedback

Jun 12 2017

I am honestly proud to be nothing like those who celebrated after the final in Cardiff.feedback

Jun 12 2017

In football there are victories and defeats. I remain convinced that you learn much more from a loss than a success, so this is why I struggle to accept the attitude of those who automatically cheer against Juve.feedback

Jun 10 2017

I am not eternal and I never thought that I was. I think of the group, so Juventus and the Nazionale quite rightly have to plan beyond the individual. I said in the past that I might not want to be a coach, but perhaps a CT at international level would be less stressful on a daily basis. When I do retire, I'd like to rest a little bit, as it has been a long and intense career.feedback

Jun 10 2017

Because in the end you make progress because of your merits, and as I always say a coach has to choose his formation to win the game, and should only think about that. It's right that it works this way. This means that for me it's a great incentive, because I know that even if I'm 39 or 40 years old if want to keep a certain prestige, a certain role, I have to work hard.feedback

Jun 10 2017

The day I don't want to work hard anymore I'll just stay at home, because – inevitably – goalkeepers like Szczesny, like Donnarumma or like [Alex] Meret are regulars. They're number ones, and they are because of their merits, and not because of somebody else's favour.feedback

Jun 03 2017

We had an excellent first half, where we caused Real Madrid huge problems, so it leaves you open-mouthed in shock that incidents never go our way.feedback

Jun 03 2017

In the second half, their class, strength and how accustomed they are to winning these games showed through. They won deservedly.feedback

Jun 03 2017

(Madrid) showed their class and the attitude needed to play in this kind of game.feedback

Jun 03 2017

When you get to this stage, you know perfectly well how you arrived here and all the effort that you have had to put into your work. There's nothing better in life than to obtain a reward after working so hard and sweating to get it.feedback

Jun 03 2017

There's nothing better than sharing this prize with your team-mates, with a group of people that you've worked with for months and months, with team-mates who have perhaps worked even more than I have to reach this point.feedback

Jun 03 2017

I've not had dreams about Ronaldo and Benzema – probably because otherwise I'd have to dream about lots of other Madrid players.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Manchester United

They already have players like [Eden] Hazard who, for me, is already one of the top five players in the world, and this summer I'm sure they will bring in more quality.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Champions League

Next season, under Conte, I expect that Chelsea will be one of the big challengers in the Champions League.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Manchester United

He will never switch off from the game. Even now, I'm sure he is lying on a beach with his family but he will be thinking about next season, trying to sign new players, how the team can improve. He gives everything.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Manchester United

Much has been spoken about how passionate and fiery Conte can be, which is true, but the reality is he gets so much from his players because he gives so much.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Manchester United

Then coaches like Pep and Mourinho, who have had a lot of success in Europe, will also be strong.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Manchester United

It will be their second season with their clubs and they can also challenge.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Champions League

Dani has four or five years ahead of him. I have to exclude that possibility. Yes, it will be much more special for me but at the same time I want to play without regret and without thinking of these issues. This is my moral imperative for this game. I hope I can manage to do it.feedback

Jun 02 2017

You do that by thinking about who you are and what you are capable of, that enables you to relax.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Champions League

This game is very important to me. When I think about this long career, in which I have played many years I am grateful. It would be the perfect final [to win in Cardiff] and people do like fairy-tales. Perhaps then we didn't feel confident because we had struggled in the Champions League in the years before. We didn't end up in the final by chance but we didn't expect to win. This year it is different … Juventus have improved a lot as a club.feedback

Jun 01 2017

Don't worry. That will be no problem at all.feedback

Jun 01 2017

We need to take Mario as an example: He's like a huge aggressive gorilla, the type that never goes down, running around wildly with flies around his nose.feedback

May 31 2017

I think so. This time I think, it's the right year. I would be delighted if he wins this cup because he has proven to be one of the best.feedback

May 31 2017

I am very happy for him and for the fact that he once again has the possibility of reaching the goal he has always chased.feedback

May 30 2017

Juve believe in our capabilities, though, in the values that brought us success and think we can still give our best.feedback

May 30 2017

It was a good tour of the US and important for us to find our form towards the start of the season. It'll be very difficult for Juventus this year, because many teams have strengthened, such as Roma, Inter and Milan, while Napoli kept their stars.feedback

May 21 2017

I don't like embarrassing myself at the age of 39 so I wanted to react. After that ugly performance we needed to find the right energy again.feedback

May 21 2017 - Champions League

The sixth straight Scudetto is something extremely significant. We have written some beautiful pages that enter the book of football history. Winning is never easy. Staying at the top is synonymous with sacrifice and dedication on the part of everyone. I thought for a whole week about the Champions League final with Real Madrid, so I was practically on vacation at Roma and totally embarrassed myself.feedback

May 20 2017

Dear Philipp, I hear that after winning every kind of trophy in your career, you decided to stop. Well, what I want to tell you is, for me, it's been a big honor to play against you because every time, you were very determined but also, very fair. Good luck for the future in football or any other field of your life.feedback

May 09 2017 - Champions League

It was damn difficult, regardless of winning 2-0 in the first leg. If we had come here tonight with an arrogant approach, we would have experienced some very difficult moments. We still did, but when you've got the right mentality, you can overcome those obstacles. We are in the final, but now reaching the final counts for nothing. I am very happy, because I've got here in good shape and if I wasn't in a big club and with great team-mates, I would never have come back into the Champions League final.feedback

May 09 2017 - Champions League

Two years ago everyone assumed it was my last Champions League final, and I thought that too, but you have to keep believing in your dreams.feedback

May 08 2017

After the return leg [in the quarter-finals] against Barcelona this season I was very happy, of course, but I did not celebrate too much, because I know that after a certain point you either win the trophy or get disappointed. And since I have been disappointed so many times, I want to get the victory before allowing myself to celebrate.feedback

May 08 2017

There's definitely a desire to make up for losing the [2015] final in Berlin, but I also have to make amends for Manchester in 2003, so going back through the years my motivation is a lot deeper. In 2015, we lost it at a moment when Barcelona were on the ropes. We let in a goal almost on the counter-attack: [Lionel] Messi hammered a shot on goal, I diverted it and [Luis] Suarez scored. Losing on penalties in 2003 was very painful, but since I was only 25, I was fairly calm because I was convinced I'd win many more. That's the exuberance of youth.feedback

May 08 2017

I was thinking the other day that I've managed to span almost three generations. When I started playing, you still had guys born in the end of the 1950s and the 1960s – and I'll finish with guys born in the 2000s. It's a huge span of time.feedback

May 08 2017 - World Cup

I was so close to winning it on that occasion; they missed three penalties in that final - I saved two of them. Strange things happen. It wasn't meant to be and we weren't good enough. In sport and life, those who deserve it more probably end up getting their rewards. It would mean a lot for me. It would be the greatest joy of my career, together with the [2006] World Cup, because it would almost be a reward - the end of a very difficult road paved by bravery, stubbornness and hard work.feedback

May 08 2017 - World Cup

I have always wanted to win it and I have always been convinced that I can do it together with my team, the fans, my colleagues. That would be great. Mbappe was born in December 1998 - I had already played at the World Cup in France by then. That's the nice thing about having such a long career: meeting kids who weren't even born when you already had a chunk of your career under your belt.feedback

May 06 2017

Alvaro had negative thoughts in his last period at Juve. We talked a bit about it because he I was sorry for him. He was a guy I loved a lot and wanted to help him, to give him security. He deserved the help of a companion and I have great affection for him. His move to Real for me it was a disappointment because we lost a great talent of an age that would allow him to mature and finally to devote himself. He could be the best man for Juventus.feedback

May 06 2017 - Facebook

A hug to those who believe that, also and especially in sport, it is necessary to be people of good will. Now, tomorrow, always and forever #FinoAllaFine!!!feedback

May 06 2017 - Facebook

The dead are dead and they do not disturb anybody. They are to be left in peace and be respected, even if they are the fiercest of enemies or rivals one can have. Because the dead have wives, children, grandchildren and to cause them further atrocious sufferance, in addition to what they have already been through, is inhumane.feedback

May 06 2017 - Facebook

In a beautiful day after our victory [over Monaco], my thoughts go to our cousins of Toro and their fans and those glorious players who made a whole nation and the Granata people proud. Honour to the great champions of Grande Torino and pardon to those who taint themselves with unjustifiable acts, such as deriding or disrespecting you, even today, 70 years on.feedback

May 06 2017 - Facebook

Let's not settle for being mediocre and vile just to make up for received impoliteness. Fans of Juve, I am sending this message to you because I know that I have the right to do this after all that we have shared together. Fans of Juve, make me truly proud of you because if we truly think and believe that the Juve style is represented and indicated by the worthy and absolute values that characterise us, it is inconceivable to desecrate and violate the sensitivity of those who have suffered and keep on suffering: let's not befoul affection, feelings and memories.feedback

May 03 2017

In every game I want to show that I deserve to play at this level despite my age. I work hard every day for this objective. The day I quit, I want people to be sad about it. I don't know if I am achieving it or not, but playing in a team like this undoubtedly helps. The important thing is to be ready when the team needs me. As long as I can do that, I consider myself satisfied and happy. It [winning the Ballon d'Or] is not something I think about, nor do I miss having it. I spend so much energy to keep myself in shape and perform well in these games, to be of use to my team-mates.feedback

May 03 2017

We said after the Barcelona tie that we want to improve day by day. We are close to our objective and it would be naive not to work as hard as possible now.feedback

May 03 2017

We played a great game, exactly the game that we needed to survive with a clean sheet at Monaco because they have a great attack. If you don't have this solidity, but also the quality when attacking, it would all be more complicated.feedback

May 03 2017 - Champions League

If you have the will to win, the age on your identity card doesn't really mean anything. Beyond winning or losing it, I love playing in the Champions League. It brings the best out of me. It might be difficult to believe but, for me, playing in a Champions League final would give me as much pleasure as ever. I was born to play such games.feedback

May 03 2017

Even if we win the final it won't change my future. I have a contract through to 2018.feedback

Apr 19 2017

Aside from the result, the belief and character of our approach was excellent and it's a good confidence booster to qualify comfortably against what remains probably the best team in the world. I did think we had a good chance of qualification after the 3-0 first leg result, but I honestly didn't believe we would come to Camp Nou and keep a clean sheet. When you face a side like this, with their attacking options, you think that one or two goals are always going to be scored. The fact we stopped Barcelona scoring over 180 minutes of football means we really are solid.feedback

Apr 19 2017

If we build on that even more, and continue to evolve, then we can become a truly great team.feedback

Apr 19 2017

Our growth process started a few years ago and needs to continue. It certainly can't just stop or plateau after this victory. It's down to us now, our destiny is in our own hands for whether we can improve. When it comes to the trophy, fate has a hand in that, too.feedback

Apr 19 2017

Aside from our determination, which is traditionally part of the Juventus identity, we are becoming more 'European' by pressing, proving dangerous in attack and controlling the game more than we did in previous years.feedback

Apr 11 2017

Paulo Dybala has grown dramatically over the last two years. When I talk to directors or friends in football, I've been saying for a while that he is good enough to be in the top five players in the world and he wouldn't be out of place in the top three. Having said that, he needs to prove it every time and with regularity, to show he is worthy of our expectations of him.feedback

Apr 10 2017

That makes me cautiously optimistic, even if they are stronger on paper. The distance to them has narrowed. I don't know how many teams play with three out-and-out strikers like Barcelona. I don't want to disrespect the other Barcelona players, but when you have players like Neymar, Messi and Suárez up front it's difficult not to focus on their attack.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Champions League

I think we know that in these two games we are meeting the strongest team we could face. But it is also true that it is the Champions League and it will be nice to measure ourselves against them. I have never seen the final in Berlin again, but I have clear memories of that night which give me reasons to be positive ahead of this match. They were much stronger than us, especially in the way they approached the game. Now we have two more years of experience at this level which allows us to play in such games with a different mentality.feedback

Apr 10 2017

They help each other, they make assists for each other, they play together with a lot of joy and they work together for the team, so everything is very difficult for their opponents. They are unselfish players who have earned a huge amount of respect.feedback

Apr 10 2017

They have devastating attacking power which any coach would love to have at his disposal.feedback

Apr 06 2017

I will try to make the next World Cup and then it may be time to close the door. It will almost certainly be at the end of the 2018 World Cup.feedback

Apr 06 2017

I cannot explain why we played like we did in the second half. Real Madrid deserved to win in the second half.feedback

Apr 06 2017

They showed their class and the attitude needed to play in this kind of game.feedback

Mar 23 2017

Albania is a country that has enjoyed massive growth in the last two years and they showed what they can do at the Euros.feedback

Mar 23 2017

I have to think about that and see what I feel in my heart. There is a great respect and real fear for tomorrow's game. That is not just rhetoric.feedback

Mar 20 2017

Serie A was financially doped, but can be the best again.feedback

Mar 20 2017

Italian football was financially doped. By that I mean that we lived above our capabilities and we blew money which we originally could not afford. But in Italy the passion for football will never die. I believe in cycles. We are back on our way up and maybe in four or five years the Serie A will be the best league in Europe again.feedback

Mar 20 2017

He has his own era. [Neuer is] the best one in the category 'modern 'keeper' for years.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Champions League

Regardless of the first-leg result and the fact we had a man advantage too, we always stayed focused because if you switch off for even a moment you're instantly made to pay. At the end of the second half, for example, Porto had three clear-cut goalscoring chances and that shows the level of the Champions League.feedback

Mar 15 2017

We've made big strides, especially in terms of our self-belief. That was the target we set ourselves a few years ago, when we began our European journey. We wanted to be among the top eight and that's our level. If you're always in the mix with the best sides, sooner or later you end up winning the competition.feedback

Mar 08 2017

The treble is difficult and challenging to talk about. Yes, we must think big, but we always need to have our feet planted firmly on the ground.feedback

Mar 06 2017

Until now he has been a revelation for me. Not as a player, we've all seen, we've all learned what he can do on a pitch. We know him as a footballer but I met him and got to know him and off the pitch there's a lot more to him than what you see on the pitch.feedback

Mar 06 2017

We are confident but we also feel humble because Real Madrid has a certain feeling with finals, they are used to winning finals, we have lost quite a number of finals so perhaps it's a good match in that sense and we are going to try and overturn our record in history.feedback

Feb 05 2017

Mbappe is an incredible talent and I think he seems like a good boy. That will help him a lot in his career, which I hope is very bright. If that is the case, he will not have such a strong need to go through against us - he will have many other opportunities in the future to win the Champions League.feedback

Feb 05 2017

He was born in 1998, right? I had already been at the 1998 World Cup in France when he was born. This is the beauty of life, the beauty of living, being able to meet guys who were not even born by the time you had a big part of your career behind you. I thought about it recently, I was able to connect almost three generations. I played with those born in the 1950s and '60s and I will finish with those born after 2000. It is a huge length of time.feedback

Feb 05 2017

It's very exciting to know you're playing against the future Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. Maybe in 10 years, when I'm done, these will be the established champions and I will always have the memory of facing them at the dawn of their careers.feedback

Jan 07 2017

I have no idea if he'll remain at Milan, but I merely tell him to do what makes him happy.feedback

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