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23 years ago today, Gianluigi Buffon made his professional debut for Parma and kicked off a glittering career in between the sticks.
Buffon was just 17 years of age at the time and had the difficulty task of thwarting a wonderful AC Milan side brimming with quality.
:date: OTD in 1995...- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 19, 2018
Gianluigi Buffon made his professional debut in football for Parma :yellow_heart::blue_heart:
23 years and counting of ridiculous saves :clap:pic.twitter.com/LZ755OuNx8
ON THIS DAY: In 1995, Gianluigi Buffon made his professional debut for Parma at just 17-years-old, since then:- Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 19, 2018
:shield:️ 3 clubs
:shirt: 884 games
399 clean sheets
The epitome of a legend. pic.twitter.com/eHbvPf9C6K
However, he displayed maturity beyond his years and managed to keep a clean sheet in a goalless draw. One of the Rossoneri stars Buffon thwarted back in 1995 was George Weah, who won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year.
Fast forward to the present day and Buffon is teammates with Weah's son Timothy at PSG, while the 52-year old is now the president of Liberia.
Buffon made his debut in 1995 against George Weah & AC Milan. Today, 23 years later, he is teammates with George's son Timothy Weah...INSANE!- Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) July 10, 2018
:camera_with_flash: @official433 pic.twitter.com/XQ77c7hBf6
Gigi' would go on to win both the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup with Parma before joining Juventus in a world-record deal for a goalkeeper in 2001.
He spent 17 glorious years at the Bianconeri before bowing out with a record ninth Scudetto victory last season. But instead of retiring from football altogether despite a behind the scenes role being mooted, Italy's most capped player has moved on to a new challenge in the French capital.
The World Cup winner is still going strong at 40, making eight appearances in all competitions for his new employers.
Buffon still has a chance to finally lift the Champions League trophy that slipped through his grasp on so many occasions.