Juventus legendary goalkeeper Dino Zoff believes Gianluigi Buffon still remains the best shot stopper in the world.
Buffon, 35, joined Juventus in a record breaking move of £33 million in 2001, and ever since, he has proven himself to be rare gem both for his club side and country.
And Zoff, who made 112 appearances for Italy and over 300 for the Bianconeri, believes Gigi still remains at the top of the world chart of goal keepers.
“Gigi (Buffon) is at the top in Italy, in Europe and throughout the world. He is the best,” said Zoff, speaking to Corriere dello Sport.
“For a while there were (Andrea) Consigli and (Antonio) Mirante, who are no longer kids. It struck me, in a positive sense, the choice of Genoa to continue betting on (Mattia) Perin.This gives confidence to a goalkeeper so young.”
Zoff also put the dearth of emerging young keepers down to the pressure that now comes with the role.
"With the pressures that come from the Italian football environment our children lose their desire. It is the role that all others,including team-mates, discharge responsibility of," he explained.
"A boy must feel the passion, you can't force it. I'd say don't be afraid of making mistakes,” he added.
Moreover, the 71-year-old also admitted that recent ball technology has made it harder for modern days goalkeepers.
“The material of the ball is more elastic, players can change the trajectory of the shot. Goalkeepers are afraid of being wrong.”
Indeed, goalkeepers are truly afraid of being wrong as the direction of set-pieces in recent days cannot be easily predicted.
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