Gianluigi Buffon wrote the book on how to be a top goalkeeper – Manninger

Gianluigi Buffon wrote the book on how to be a top goalkeeper – Manninger

Former Juventus goalkeeper Alex Manninger has labelled current Old Lady number one Gianluigi Buffon as “the best in the world”.

The former Austria international played for Juventues from 2008 to 2012, having also had spells at Liverpool, Arsenal, Espanyol and Fiorentina in a career spanning three decades.

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When asked in a recent interview who he thought is the best in goalkeeper in the business today, the 40-year-old didn’t hesitate in choosing his former club rival.

“There is only one: Gigi Buffon,” Manninger told Radio Onda Libera (via Football Italia).

“He wrote the history books for our role. He is perfect, a reference point for the last 20 years.

“There is a special atmosphere in Turin, I had fantastic teammates and I realise why Juve won so much.

“There’s more competition this season and they will struggle a bit more, but I expect they will win the Scudetto again in the end.”

Manninger and Buffon pictured together at Juventus training in 2009.

Manninger revealed he is now working away from the football world after his retirement, preferring to focus on furniture and real estate.

“I was a carpenter before I started playing football,” he continued.