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Rio Ferdinand labels Gigi Buffon as "phenomenal" in highlights vs Lyon

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There isn't a single superlative that hasn't been used to describe Juventus' Gigi Buffon.

Outstanding, incredible, world-class and sensational all perfectly encapsulate the Italian who, at 38-years-old, continues to defy his age.

The very same could have been said of Buffon against Lyon on Tuesday night, where he made a number of staggering saves to secure an away victory in the Champions League.

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He produced an excellent stop to deny Alexandre Lacazette from the penalty spot before blocks against Nabil Fekir - arguably the pick of the bunch - and Corentin Tolisso.

As a result of such heroics, Buffon was the focus of BT Sport's post-match analysis, with Rio Ferdinand describing the Italy veteran as "phenomenal" in the below highlight reel.

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Speaking to host Gary Lineker and Harry Redknapp, Ferdinand said: "38-years-old and still producing performances like this, keeping his team in Champions League games - it's phenomenal.

"The reflexes for this (the Fekir save, 0:09) - that's ridiculous.

"We keep talking about the age, but when you've got the quality; when you've got the understanding and the game management that he's got..."

Redknapp then spoke over Ferdinand, using but one word himself to describe Buffon: leader.

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In the aftermath of Juventus' win, where they played 35 minutes with 10 men, Buffon had a message for those who have criticised him in recent weeks.

"People can organise a funeral, but there's nobody there," he told Mediaset Premium.

"I have said many times, without arrogance, that I am very auto-critical and don't need to listen to others who try to use situations to disrespect and show a lack of fairness to people.

"I've heard many stupid things in recent weeks, but just one true comment: 'I expect more from Buffon'. That is true and I agreed with that wholeheartedly."

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Paul Pogba
Gianluigi Buffon
Football
Rio Ferdinand
Serie A
UEFA Champions League
Juventus
Italy Football
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