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Gianluigi Buffon signs autograph during Italy's match against Liechtenstein

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Gianluigi Buffon is one of the best goalkeepers world football has ever seen.

The Juventus star has been making brilliant saves for more than two decades and has represented Italy an incredible 166 times.

But he didn’t need to be at his best during Italy’s 4-0 victory over Liechtenstein in their latest World Cup qualifier.

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Gli Azzurri eased to a comfortable victory to keep them level on points with Spain in Group G as Buffon had a very quiet night - not making a single save.

In fact, Buffon was so quiet that he took time to sign an autograph for a fan whilst the ball was still in play.

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A supporter found his way past the stewards during Saturday night’s match and asked Buffon to sign the shirt he was wearing. Instead of turning down the fan, Buffon agreed while keeping a close eye on the play in case Liechtenstein launched an unexpected attack.

Take a look at the brilliant act below:

Imagine the scenes if Liechtenstein had won possession and taken a long-range shot and caught Buffon out mid-autograph.

Anyway, Buffon got away with it and further established himself as an absolute legend.

While he may have shown a bit of complacency during the match, he issued a rallying cry to his Italian teammates before the game to ensure they didn’t underestimate Liechtenstein.

Italy Press Conference

"This time of match is actually the most complicated for a goalkeeper,” Buffon told reporters.

“On paper we are favourites, but if you don’t have the humility to prepare well for this game and the right determination on the pitch, you risk embarrassing yourself in the few sporadic occasions when you are called into action.

“I cannot allow that I, and in general the team, is embarrassed tomorrow. Don’t forget against the Faroe Islands we won twice with some really big scares. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll play well and keep a clean sheet.”

Liechtenstein v Italy - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

But a brace from Andrea Bellotti, and goals from Ciro Immobile and Andrea Candreva saw them lead 4-0 at half-time - a scoreline they couldn’t add to after the break.

The win sees them stay hot on the tail of Spain in their quest to qualify for the Russian World Cup in 2018.

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