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Peerless Buffon sets impossible benchmark for Donnarumma amid Roman ruins

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The best goalkeeper of the 21st century and an all-time great, the retirement of Gianluigi Buffon, inevitable as it was, added searing injury to the insult of Italy’s World Cup qualification failure. Nurtured at Parma during the peak of Serie A’s powers, Buffon was an unused member of what was then a typically imposing Italy squad at the 1998 World Cup. The 20-year-old would have rubbed awestruck shoulders with Alessandro Costacurta, Giuseppe Bergomi, Demetrio Albertini and Roberto Baggio in a team captained by Paolo Maldini.

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