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Alex Ferguson was ‘crazy’ about Juventus icon Gianluigi Buffon and tried to sign him at 15

Italian legend's agent Silvano Martina tells SunSport how Fergie invited goalkeeper to Manchester 25 years ago

We’ve all fatansised about an alternate universe where Gianluigi Buffon plays for Man United, right?

Well, that was once nearly a reality according to the player’s agent, who says the goalkeeping great was nearly signed by Sir Alex Ferguson back when he was a youth.

Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign Gianluigi Buffon for Manchester United when he was 15

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Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign Gianluigi Buffon for Manchester United when he was 15

Gianluigi Buffon announces he will be leaving Juventus after 17 years

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Gianluigi Buffon announces he will be leaving Juventus after 17 years

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The Italian legend confirmed on Thursday that he would be leaving Juventus after 17 years with club — yet refused to rule out playing on elsewhere.

Liverpool and Man City are two possible destinations for the 40-year-old, but he could’ve actually moved to England much sooner in his career.

The goalkeeper’s agent, Silvano Martina told SunSport: “Ferguson was crazy about him.

“About 25 years ago, he invited him to Manchester — he was still a kid.

“Fergie invited his whole family to try and convince him to leave Italy for England.

Buffon's incredible Juve career

LEGENDARY goalkeeper recently won his ninth Serie A title, which is more than any other single player.

Only three clubs — Juventus, Milan and Inter — have won more than that.

He also won three major honours with Parma as well as the 2006 World Cup and 1996 Euro U-21 championship.

 

Juve honours

Serie A, 9 (record) — 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05*, 2005-06*, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18

Coppa Italia, 4 — 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18

Serie B — 2006-07

Supercoppa Italiana, 5 — 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2015

 

Individual honours

Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year, 12 — 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Uefa Goalkeeper of the Year, 2 — 2002-03, 2016-17

Uefa Team of the Year, 5 — 2003, 2004, 2006, 2016, 2017

Gianluigi Buffon travelled to Manchester to meet Sir Alex Ferguson when he was 15

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Gianluigi Buffon travelled to Manchester to meet Sir Alex Ferguson when he was 15

“He only didn’t accept because he was very young, but remains starstruck but United and was very touched by how much of a gentleman Ferguson was.

“Buffon has always liked United, because their professionalism reminds him a lot of Juventus.”


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Martina also told us about the World Cup-winner’s admiration for West Ham fans, while also revealing he has received offers from various Premier League clubs.

Buffon joined Juventus from Parma in 2001, and has become the record Serie A winner with nine triumphs.


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