Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon put on an outstanding show in the third place play-off against Uruguay in the Confederations Cup last night.

The veteran reminded us, once again, that he is the only goalkeeper to have won the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year Award.

The 2006 Ballon d'Or runner-up was in supreme form all game - only being beaten by two great Edinson Cavani goals.

In a game that always had a draw written all over it, the 35 year-old shot-stopper exhibited a high level of composure in the ensuing penalty shootout, pulling off three outstanding saves and demonstrating to us why he had been elected to be part of the FIFPro World XI on two occasions. 

Gigi’s heroics ensured Italy finished the tournament as second runner-up and on a personal note, adding yet another medal to his already glittering trophy cabinet.

Buffon has had an outstanding career and continues to shine at the top level - it seems likely he will keep the Italian number one jersey for the 2014 World Cup and deserves to bow out at the top for both club and country.

 

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