The Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper says he loved being spoken about in the same breath as the Italy veteran as a youngster but stresses he has his own identity as a player
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu says he is “tired” of being compared to Juventus and Italyhero Gianluigi Buffon.
The 36-year-old has won a plethora of titles for club and country over the years and has long been considered one of the best in the world.
And though Sirigu says he once enjoyed being mentioned alongside the 2006 World Cup winner, he insists it no longer means anything to him.
“When I was very young, this comparison made me very happy,” the Italy shot-stopper told L’Equipe. “I was very disappointed when once it was me and then it was another.
“Since then, I have known of 20 or 25 keepers who have been compared to Buffon. So, frankly, today, I’m tired!
“Buffon is still Buffon. The important thing is that I know who I am and who he is. I would make a mistake if I thought that I was really Buffon.”