Both Manchester clubs once missed a golden opportunity to sign Buffon
He is untouchable, obviously.Juventus goalkeeper Buffon is, and will be, one of the largest flags of Juventus history. Not just in Turin, the giant Carrara is certainly the heritage of Italian football and world. The Italian, with the blue shirt, also holds the record of highest number of presense, which is 154 and if you speak about his loyalty, Buffon has Juventus in his blood. Always with The Old Lady in joy and in sorrow. But if you consider the fact that the heart cannot control emotion, even the tough Gigi once wavered in front of gigantic offers. When? The spark was actually the infamous Calciopoli – the scandal of Calciopoli did manage to sink Juventus in the quicksand of Serie B, and Gigi that time hesitated, whether he will stay in Italy or not.
In 2008, however, he even knocked back some outrageous offers from Al Nahyan, Sheikh of fresh Manchester City, who was desperate to create the new empire of world football. And as it should, it starts with the basics: the goalkeeper and the new owner tried his luck on Juventus goalkeeper.
Buffon when speaking to BT Sport’s European Football Show, admitted: “The team that most of all tried to snatch me from Juve was Manchester City. City was under construction, and I should have brought experience to the English club. They wanted to start their adventure by signing 2 or 3 more renowned players and I was one of them. But in the end, as you know, I said no”. Not only that, even at the dawn of his career, at Parma, the market’s sirens had already switched on the legendary goalkeeper: “I remember when I was20 years old in 1998, I had dinner once with Arsene Wenger from Arsenal, but in the end.”
“Then when I was at Parma, Manchester United definitely had their eyes on me for a long time with Ferguson.”
Here is the interview that Buffon gave in BT Sport’s European Football Show.
Gianluigi Buffon has been really immovable for 20 seasons between the posts. At 38 years old he still remains Juventus and Italy’s No.1, but has recently confirmed his intention to retire in 2018.
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