The Juventus legend had to make a tough decision, narrowing down a list of great players.
Gianluigi Buffon tried to draw up his best five-a-side team, but it proved a bit problematic. The Italian has been fortunate enough to have played against some of the most iconic figures in the game throughout the years, which made his choice tougher than anticipated.
Speaking to Copa90, Buffon started with his first variation of a five-a-side selection: “I’d say the strongest I’ve played against are Ronaldo – the Brazilian – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane.”
However, Buffon proceeded with all the defenders he has played with: “After those four I’d talk about my teammates, defenders I’ve played with from [Lilian] Thuram, [Fabio] Cannavaro and [Ciro] Ferrara to [Giorgio] Chiellini, [Andrea] Barzagli, [Leonardo] Bonucci and [Daniele] Rugani.”
“To get great results in defence you need human empathy and I’ve always been successful at that. Those are the players who have written the most important history in domestic and international football.”
Last but not least came the Italian only squad the goalkeeper created: “Among the Italians, in terms of talent, I’d have [Andrea] Pirlo, [Francesco] Totti, [Alessandro] Del Piero and Roberto Baggio. At that point, to make it five, I’d have Paolo Maldini.”