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Top 5 replacements for Gianluigi Buffon

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Modified 10 Apr 2014
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Legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who has made 476 appearances for Juventus, has won everything there is to win with his club and country including 4 Serie A titles, 4 Italian Supercups and 1 Champions League medal with the Old Lady along with lifting the World Cup with Italy in 2006.Replacing a player like him is never going to be an easy task. However some promising young shot stoppers in Europe are proving that they are capable of filling the Italians massive gloves. Here is a list of 5 potential replacements for Gigi Buffon.

#1 Nicola Leali

When the dreaded time comes and Buffon retires Juventus have a potential replacement for the legend in their own academy. Leali was made first choice keeper of his former club Brescia Calcio when he was just 18 but displayed experience that defied his tender age.

Juventus spotted his remarkable talent and made a move for him in 2012. The 21-year-old is currently on loan with Spezia Calcio where he has managed to keep 7 clean sheets in 29 appearances and has been on the winning side 11 times.

Leali has already been capped at youth levels and is considered as Italy’s future No.1. The youngster will surely be called back to Juve next season to gain more experience so that he’ll be ready when called to replace Buffon.

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Published 07 Apr 2014
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