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Best Gianluigi Buffon Quotes, a complete collection

Fri 25 June 2021 | 6:30

A look back at the greatest Gianluigi Buffon quotes including his comments on football and the biggest stars of the game.

Gianluigi Buffon is an Italian player who is currently playing as a goalkeeper at Juventus FC. Widely considered as one of the greatest football stars of all time, Gianluigi Buffon has been on the top level of football for 25 years. He has spent the majority of his club career at

Juventus

. He has also played for Parma and the French giants,

Paris Saint Germain

.

Buffon has won almost every major title in the world of football including 10 Serie A and 6 Copa Italy titles as well as the Ligue 1 title with PSG. Despite reaching the final of the Champions League three times in his career, the UCL title is the only major trophy he has not won in his career.

Buffon was a member of the Italy national team which won the 2006 World Cup and reached the final of Euro 2000 and 2012. He retired from international football after Italy failed to reach the 2018 World Cup. In total, he played 176 games for the Italy national team, which is a record in the country and the seventh best record in the world.

At 43, Buffon has played over 1000 career games and is showing no sign of losing form. He is truly among the most influential players in the history of the beautiful game. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of

Gianluigi Buffon quotes

.

Best Collection of Gianluigi Buffon quotes

We present football fans with the Best collection of Gianluigi Buffon quotes which includes his quotes about his personality and career as well as his comments on Messi and Ronaldo.

Gianluigi Buffon quotes about his character, childhood and personal life

Gigi Buffon is famous for his amazing reflexes, consistency and leadership skills. He was the captain of Italy national team and Juventus for many years of his career and has shown his strong personality in many key moments of his amazing career. Buffon is a calm and emotional person who enjoys spending time with his family. Buffon married twice and has three children. Here are Gianluigi Buffon quotes about his own personality and private life.

My first memory of the national team is the 1982 World Cup. I remember those days at our home or at my uncle's house, with all the family and those long dinners watching the matches. But I also remember that, during the games, I went outside or onto the balcony to play.

My dad suggested I change and try to play in goal. I always liked being at the heart of the action, trying to experience different situations and different challenges. One year, I decided to try playing in goal – after that, I was going to go back to playing outfield.

More than anything else, I’m a very calm person in the sense that I don’t worry about the future and what my life could be. I just have to face it, and I’ll face it with enthusiasm as well as the desire and curiosity to test myself.

I went through a lot of changes and a period of depression. I’d reached an age when I had to grow up and start taking life a bit more seriously, which had a huge impact on me. I suffered terrible anxiety, and sometimes, in the middle of a game, my legs would start shaking uncontrollably. It was pretty scary.

Look, I have to be honest, for me the first month of lockdown was really beautiful, At first, the pandemic allowed me to have time to dedicate to myself. That’s something that hadn’t happened to me in my whole life.

I got to stay with my wife, my kids all day long. To be able to dedicate myself to my hobbies, to my reading, to my things. It was a beautiful time that I never thought I would have, and I took full advantage and I loved it. Then, of course, as time goes, it becomes heavy. You think more and more about what others are going through.

I followed tennis a little. I liked Lendl, Edberg, and Rafter.

I believe in doing the right things; that is my character and personality.

I cannot appreciate anybody who creates controversy over things which do not exist. I can tolerate controversy over things which truly happened, but not over inexistent things.

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I think that’s normal for someone who wants to grow and develop. You will have to overcome plenty of obstacles, and it is normal that you should stumble sometimes.

If I do something, I do it with the idea to get to the top – without that, I would stop living.

Whenever I lose, I focus on the ability of my opponent and on the mistakes I made.

Maybe I'm the only footballer who isn't interested in cars. My Lancia Y gets me around.

My worst vice is gluttony. I try to keep myself under control because I'm an athlete, but once a week I like to pig out and act like a normal person.

Its fine to admit being nervous – after the event. But if you tell people you’re uptight before the game, it can be like, ‘That guy’s got problems. We can’t trust him.'

I started to play, like all kids do, not as a goalkeeper. I liked scoring goals; in the end, it's all about scoring goals.

I don’t give advice, because I always made my own mistakes and would only be adding further chaos to the situation.

I don't watch penalties in my hotel room. I watch naughty videos.

When you go somewhere and think it will be your last time there, you always appreciate the beauty of it even more and want to crystallise emotions that you will keep with you forever.

I do not need to hear how I am judged by others. I know by myself if I can be satisfied or not with my work.

Everyone gets scared from time to time. It’s totally normal, and anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

I took what I’ve been given, and I got where I did on the basis of something that is often undervalued – merit.

I scored lots of goals, and when a kid gets lots of goals it's the nicest thing in the world. Then you grow up, become stupid and become a goalkeeper, right? Then you just let goals in.

To the fans it does not matter a damn how you are. You are seen as the footballer, the idol, so no one thinks to stop and ask you: 'Hey, how are you?'

The problem was if I had said: 'I am going away for two months to get better' I would have been finished. Because every time after that, if I had failed with a save or whatever, I would have been reminded of that period. I just couldn't allow myself to go away for two or three months to get better.

But I did see a psychologist and that helped me enormously. But it was something I had had to reevaluate. I thought psychologists were people who rob, figuratively of course, money from the insecure. But they are not. They are people who are there to help you and if you find a good psychologist, they will allow you to talk about everything and open up, without the slightest of fears, and that is no easy thing.

I have a wealth of experience, but I do not want to coach. I rather like the role of recruiter.

I have not lost an awful lot in my life, but the defeats have taught me more than the victories.

Gianluigi Buffon quotes about football and his playing style

Gianluigi Buffon is famous for his quick reflexes and leadership skills. The Italian super star is famous for his interesting and inspirational views on football and the ideal way it should be played. He has won many major awards in his career and it is certainly interesting to know more on the

top quotes by Gianluigi Buffon

about football and his own playing style.

When you’re on the field, you’ve got to deliver. It doesn’t matter what you potentially could deliver or what you might be able to deliver in future – you’ve got to deliver it there and then.

The role of a goalkeeper is difficult to judge, above all if you haven’t been a goalkeeper. It’s like me giving an opinion on someone’s job without having had any experience in their sector. You start to realise how many stupid things are said and written about goalkeepers.

Would I still be playing at the top level at the age of 37 years if I had any weaknesses?

The pitch is the most beautiful part of the game; it gives you emotions which bring meaning to life. So I wouldn't like a role as [a club] coach, with the day-to-day nature of it. I wouldn't rule out a role as national coach; you'd still get the emotion of the pitch but with the time and the freedom to devote to other things.

I do not take to the field to defend myself from certain criticisms. If I do, in this kind of career, it is because I’m very self-critical.

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.

More than 25 years ago I made my vow: I swore to protect you. Look after you. A shield against all your enemies. I've always thought about your welfare, putting it first even ahead of my own.

I was 12 when I turned my back on my goal. And I will keep doing it as long as my legs, my head and my heart will allow.

In the end, you need to be a little masochistic to be a goalkeeper. A masochist and egocentric as well.

No record belongs to just one person, and there are no number ones outside of a group.

How do I imagine my last ever game? Maybe I'll go out like [Zinedine] Zidane, headbutting someone on the pitch!

In football, you win as a group, you lose as a group; you divide the credit and the blame.

The day I quit, I want people to be sad about it.

In this job, you accept criticism and give answers on the field.

The men can go away, the executives can go away, but what is really though in this society are the players who has been handed down the feel of winning, of being the absolute best, which isn't equal to any other team.

In football, you win as a group, you lose as a group; you divide the credit and the blame.

Up to 30 years old, I was carried by natural talent, combined with a good level of professionalism. But since turning 30, I’ve gained a desire to sweat in the real sense of the word, to understand where I need to improve. Competitiveness, now, is essential.

The other day, I worked out that I managed to connect practically three generations. I used to play with those born in the 1950s and 60s, then I'll end up playing against those born after the year 2000. It's an enormous stretch of time.

Even at 80, if suddenly no goalkeeper would be there, they should call me – I would train briefly and then jump in.

Gianluigi Buffon quotes on Messi and Ronaldo 

In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In our generation the debate is between

Lionel Messi

and

Cristiano Ronaldo

fans.

Buffon has played against and alongside Cristiano Ronaldo many times during his career. He was the Juventus goalkeeper in the game at which Ronaldo scored his unbelievable scissor-kick and later became a teammate with the Portuguese when he returned to Juventus from PSG. Buffon also has played many games against Lionel Messi. He has praised both of them in his interviews. Here are

Gianluigi Buffon quotes

on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

It's stimulating knowing that you're facing the future Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. Maybe in 10 years, when I have hung up my gloves, they will be the seasoned champions and I'll have the memory of playing against them at the start of their careers.

After about 25 seconds of normal frustration over the goal I conceded, I thought about what he had done to me, something really great.

I asked him, 'Cristiano, how old are you?' and he said: 'not bad for a 33-year-old, right? In the end we both laughed.

At the end of my career, I had the chance to play with Cristiano and that's an extra point, It's hard to improve if you don't play with the best and I wanted to add him to the list of the great champions I've played with. He is an educated boy; you see that by how he behaves with the other teammates.

We usually take two or three minutes in the training to speak and, for me, it has been a pleasure meeting him.

They are two completely different players. Messi is more complete, because he starts deeper, has more technical quality and a vision of the game that is worthy more of a trequartista than a finisher.

Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps because he is a little older, has become a killer in the penalty area. Compared to how he was before, Ronaldo preserves his energy more, so he no longer goes out to the flank for a nutmeg or trick-shot. But with one ball into the box he can create a goal.

Messi is an alien that dedicates himself to playing with humans. The only hope is that this Saturday he will be from earth, like the rest of us.

Top quotes by Gianluigi Buffon about famous football players and teams

In this part of our article on we will have a look at the top quotes by Gianluigi Buffon about other football great stars and teams, including his comments on

Neymar

,

Paul Pogba

and Ronaldo Nazario.

On Neymar:

I tell Ney that it's a scandal that has not yet won the Ballon d'Or and that he should be furious

On Barcelona's famous attacking trio, MSN:

I don’t want to disrespect anyone, but it’s clear that any team which has the chance to play with Messi, Suarez, and Neymar has devastating attacking power, which any coach would love at his disposal.

On VAR:

You told us that VAR would be used in clear-cut incidents where there were mistakes, but now you are even checking the replays for a trodden toe or a finger in an ear. It's no longer football… it's turning into water polo. It takes too long. I didn't celebrate when we were awarded a penalty because six minutes had passed.

On Ronaldo Nazario:

The striker who caused me all kinds [of trouble] was Ronaldo, the Brazilian one. 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.

On Paul Pogba:

Pogba is one of those players who leaves you speechless.

On Mbappe:

He was born in 1998, right? I had already taken part in the World Cup in France before he was born. This is the joy of life, the great thing about lasting for a long time. You get to meet kids who weren't even born when you already had a good chunk of your career behind you.

On Arsene Wnger:

I remember when I was 20 years old in 1998, I had dinner once with Arsene Wenger, breaking the hearts of Arsenal fans everywhere who have had to put up with goalkeeping problems ever since David Seaman p*ssed off.

Best Gianluigi Buffon quotes about the teams he has been a part of

We wrap up our article on the

Best Gianluigi Buffon quotes

with a collection of his most famous comments about his time as a player with Juventus and Italy national team.

On his time with Italy national team:

In recent times Italy have been in a World Cup final every 12 years and I hope to still be there in 2018.

On the field I defend our colours, love our flag and sing our anthem. I could not be more Italian than I am now.

There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination, and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet.

I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football, we failed at something which also means something on a social level. There's regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.

We have pride, strength and we're stubborn. We know how to get back up again as we've always done, I'm leaving an Italy side that will know how to speak for itself. Hugs to everyone, especially those I've shared this wonderful journey with. (Announcing his retirement after failing to reach the 2018 World Cup)

On his time as a player with Juventus

To award such a doubtful, or super doubtful, penalty just ahead of the final whistle and destroy the work of a team who gave absolutely everything you have to have a rubbish bin instead of your heart,” Buffon said. “A human being cannot decide the elimination of a team with such decision. When I don’t feel I’m good enough, I put myself in a corner. He should do the same. It’s a matter of sensibility. It means you don’t know where you are, which teams are playing, you don’t know shit.

We had done something which seemed impossible. It’s a pity it ended like this, unjustly. It was one tenth of a penalty. But life goes on. (Buffon's famous comments about the Juve-Real Madrid referee)

Even if I were offered twice my salary elsewhere, I would stay at Juve. Doing so would make me proud, as it is a worthy thing to do.

When you have the chance to play a Champions League final, you have to win it.

I would say that I am having less sex now that I’m playing in Serie B – there is more to think about in this division.

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. 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.

I chose 88 because it reminds me of four balls and in Italy we all know what it means to have balls: strength and determination. And this season I will have to have balls to get back my place in the Italy team.

Even if I were offered twice my salary elsewhere, I would stay at Juve. Doing so would make me proud, as it is a worthy thing to do.

Either I stop playing or if I find a situation that motivates me to play or have a different life experience, I will take it into consideration. I feel I gave everything for Juve. I have received everything and more than this cannot be done.We have reached the end of a cycle and it's right for one to remove the disturbance.

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