Gigi Buffon Surpasses Fellow Legend Giampiero Boniperti in 'Minutes Played' Record for Juventus

Callum Rice-Coates

​Gigi Buffon has made more history after surpassing  Giampiero Boniperti's record for the most minutes played in a Juventus shirt.

​Corriere dello Sport reported that the record would be set if he played past the 65th minute against Sampdoria on Sunday, which he managed comfortably.

Boniperti, who played for the Bianconeri for 15 seasons between 1946-1961, previously held the record with 39,680 minutes. He won five Scudettos, and the Coppa Italia twice, a record also bettered by Buffon.

The legendary goalkeeper is not Juventus' all time Serie A appearance maker however; that record remains with Alessandro Del Piero who played 478 league games, compared to Buffon's current total of 446. 

Whether the 39-year-old will eventually break Del Piero's record remains to be seen, although there are no signs of retirement any time soon.

Juventus v FC Porto - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
Juventus v FC Porto - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

Juventus have been drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League last 16, who they played and lost against in the 2015 final.

But the veteran stopper has expressed his belief that Juventus have progressed well since then, and could be outsiders to win the trophy.

“We’ve made big strides, especially in terms of our self-belief," he said - via ​the Guardian. "That was the target we set ourselves a few years ago, when we began our European journey. We wanted to be among the top eight and that’s our level. If you’re always in the mix with the best sides, sooner or later you end up winning the competition.”

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