He’s a World Cup winner with Italy, a legend of Juventus and has been the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football.
When it comes to shot-stoppers, Juventus veteran Gianluigi Buffon is arguably at the top of the lot.
So when he heads Down Under with the Italian Champions for next month’s FOXTEL All-Stars clash, it’s a big deal.
Especially for Adelaide United skipper and All-Stars gloveman Eugene Galekovic.
“I’ve always looked up to him. He’s been a great goal-keeper for a long time,” Galekovic said of Buffon.
“He’s one of the best in the world so I can’t wait to shake his hand and play against him.
“You always want to learn from the best. I’ll definitely try and have a word to him, that’s how you learn as you go along playing football.
“I’d love to sit down and have a chat with him.“
If Galekovic does get that opportunity he might just ask him how to deal with one of Andrea Pirlo’s famed free-kicks.
“I hope I get the chance to face one but hopefully it’s not on target,” Galekovic joked.
Pirlo and Buffon are just two of the famous faces in a Juve squad choc-full of world-class talent.
Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, French midfielder Paul Pogba and Italian internationals Claudio Marchisio and Georgio Chiellini are also likely to feature at ANZ Stadium on August 10.
“It’s going to be a great experience, you always want to play the best and Juventus are up there with the best,” Galekovic said.
“It’s massive for the sport in general in Australia. You don’t get big international teams coming out here that much so hopefully everyone comes out and supports it because they are one of the biggest teams in the world.”
Champions of Italy, Juventus, take on the FOXTEL A-League All Stars led by the Italian champion Alessandro Del Piero at ANZ Stadium, Sydney on Sunday 10 August.
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See Pirlo, Tevez, Pogba, Buffon and the rest of Juventus’s fantastic squad train in front of your eyes with the Italian champions holding an open training session at Jubilee Oval Kogarah on Saturday 9 August.
WHAT: Juventus Open Training Session
WHERE: Jubilee Oval, Kogarah
WHEN: Saturday 9 August
TIME: 5.30pm, Gates Open 4.30pm.
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