Azzurri legend silenced critics with wonder save against Bulgaria on Friday.
Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is set to join Fabio Cannavaro on 136 caps for the Azzurri, as he takes his place between the sticks for the World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic on Tuesday night.
The 35-year-old has been a stalwart for both club and country over the years, and is rightly regarded as one of, if not the best goalkeeper in the history of football.
With major honours for both Parma and Juventus as well as a World Cup triumph with Italy back in 2006 in Germany, Buffon has become synonymous with the game over the years and has no plans to call time on his playing career any time soon.
Despite critics expressing their view that his high standards may well be dropping with age after a handful of mistakes over the past year or so, he remains an iconic figure and re-affirmed his ability during the World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria on Friday.
Having made a wonder save to help Cesare Prandelli’s side secure a 1-0 win, Buffon will be aware that Italy will confirm their place at the World Cup in Brazil next summer if they successfully defeat the Czech Republic.
While it will be an emotional night for Buffon as he equals the record on his home ground in Turin, he has already revealed that his main priority on the night will be reaching another World Cup tournament.