Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon broke the record for the most senior appearances made by an Italian footballer on Saturday afternoon, competing in his 903rd professional match.
Buffon returned to Italy in the summer after a spell with PSG and the ex-Italy international started Juve's home match against SPAL, overtaking Milan legend Paolo Maldini at the top of the appearance list.
Gianluigi Buffon makes history as he overtakes Paolo Maldini for the most club appearances by any Italian player of all-time.— bet365 (@bet365) September 28, 2019
Legend of the game. pic.twitter.com/uhKItkuEJu
The 41-year-old began his career at Parma and made his competitive senior debut during the 1995/96 campaign, playing six games over the course of the season.
Gianluigi Buffon is now the Italian with the MOST *total* club appearances in history with 903 apps, surpassing Paolo Maldini who held the record at 902 — Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) September 28, 2019
King of the hill
(To clarify, not most Serie A appearances) pic.twitter.com/JANipbiFKF
I Bianconeri made an immediate return to Serie A, winning the second division title and re-establishing themselves as one of the most successful sides in Italy.