He is the former Juventus and Italy number one. He is widely regarded by most as one of the greatest ‘keepers in the world, and in some circles, of all time. He has also recently been named Goalkeeper of the Decade by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. Who is he? He is of course, Gianluigi Buffon: the forgotten man in Turin.
With fresh rumours linking the Bianconeri legend with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico, and many pundits suggesting that selling Gigi would be a wise financial move for Juve, it is my belief that by selling Buffon, the Juventus hierarchy would be making a mistake.
No doubt that Marco Storari has filled the breach admirably, and has performed above many spectators expectations. However, to sell one of the icons of the club and one of its most talented players at that would be a terrible move – or would it?
If Juve were to make Storari’s loan deal permanent, by selling Buffon they could raise cash to fund new signings and at the same time cut a huge chunk off the wage bill. With the ineffectual Amauri seemingly being pushed toward the exit door (I pray each morning for a potential buyer), some much needed firepower would be a boost for Juve’s title chances. With Edin Dzeko finalising a deal to Manchester City, Juve will have to look elsewhere for a possible replacement, and they may come with a hefty price tag.
However, as a fans’ favourite for many years, would you be left outraged to see Buffon leave? Or do you think it makes sense financially with the Bianconeri not necessarily needing him anymore. Granted we are challenging for the Scudetto, but with the 5th meanest defence in the league, could you imagine how solid the side would be with Buffon behind Bonucci and Chiellini?
Let’s hope we start the new year with a welcome win against Parma tomorrow, Forza Juve!
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