Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper and Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon has spoken glowingly of Scottish outfit Rangers, listing the Ibrox Stadium as one of the most atmospheric grounds he has ever played in, according to Football Italia.
Back in July, the 40-year-old ended his glorious, trophy-laden 17-year association with Italian giants Juventus and put pen to paper on a one-year contract with the Parisien outfit.
Buffon, who has 11 Serie A titles and a World Cup on his impressive CV, along with the Europa League and five Coppa Italia wins, was hosting an Instagram Q&A session when he was asked to name the three best and most exciting stadiums he’s played in.
“There are a lot of them,” the veteran shot-stopper is quoted as saying. “Definitely Anfield, in Liverpool, that was one of the few stadiums – along with Rangers in Glasgow and Fenerbahce in Istanbul – where there was such commotion for the first 15-20 minutes that I had trouble concentrating.”
Buffon first took on the Gers whilst he was still a member of Parma’s legendary team back in November 1998 and the two sides played out a 1-1 draw, with the former Italy number one beaten by forward Rod Wallace’s equaliser.
Less than a year later, the Italian outfit returned to Ibrox as the two sides went head to head for a place in that season’s Champions League group stage.
On that occasion, the Gers secured a famous 2-0 victory, with goals from Tony Vidmar and Claudio Reyna leaving the Glasgow outfit’s faithful in dreamland.
Despite winning the return leg 1-0, Buffon and Parma crashed out of Europe’s major club competition.
The 40-year-old Juventus hero was widely expected to hang up his gloves at the back end of last season but instead prolonged his career by joining Thomas Tuchel’s men.
Since putting pen to paper on his one-year deal, Buffon has made six appearances in all competitions for PSG, keeping a clean sheet on three occasions.