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Gianluigi Buffon set to break Italy record

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is set to become Italy’s most capped player on Friday night.

The 35-year-old stopper will win a record 137th cap in his nation’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Denmark.

Buffon currently jointly holds the record with former teammate and ex-Italy centre back Fabio Cannavaro, but he will now take over the honour if he starts as expected tomorrow evening.

"It's an important achievement," Buffon said to www.figc.it.

"But it will not be my last one. The national team is a reference point for me, it's the most beautiful expression of our football.

"It is the best thing we can export considering the results we have taken."

Italy have already booked their place at the 2014 finals in Brazil, and if Buffon is inevitably selected in the squad he will have the opportunity to win his second World Cup after lifting the trophy back in 2006.

Having won the first of his 136 caps in 1997 at the tender age of 19, Friday will mark an astonishing achievement for the player.

Buffon’s domestic career honours include; four league titles, a UEFA Cup winners medal and an Champions League runners-up medal.

The goalkeeper was named both UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and UEFA Champions League Best Goalkeeper in 2003, as well as coming second in the 2006 Ballon d'Or.

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