Gigi Buffon is the epitome of a football legend. Born in Carrara in January 1978, the goalkeeper went on to make a record 176 appearances for Italy, which included a long stint as captain. He became a World Cup winner as part of Marcello Lippi's side in 2006, coming second in the Ballon d'Or in the same year. His Serie A debut came on 19 November 1995 in a historic goalless clash against Milan. The shotstopper, who has made over 900 appearances at club level for Parma, Juventus and PSG, returned to the Bianconeri from the French champions in summer 2019 after a year in Paris. This season he could become the all-time Serie A record appearance holder ahead of Paolo Maldini. He has won the Scudetto nine times and Ligue 1 once, as well as five Coppe Italia, 6 Italian Super Cups, one French Super Cup and one UEFA Cup with Parma. Besides the 2006 World Cup, he also won the Under-21 European Championships in 1996. Buffon holds the record for the longest period without conceding a goal in Serie A, which currently stands at 974 minutes.