The International Football Federation of History and Statistics has named its top 10 goalkeepers in the world for 2013.
The winner of the IFFHS goalkeeper award for 2013 was Manuel Neuer who has played every minute of Bayern Munich's current Bundesliga campaign.
Neuer won five trophies with Bayern Munich in 2013 plus leading Germany to World Cup qualification and he won the vote by a clear distance.
At the age of 35, Buffon remains a rock in the Juventus goal and he nearly won another prestigious award, finishing second in the International Football Federation of History and Statistics' Top 10 Goalkeepers of 2013.
The Italian international was blamed by some for the Old Lady's shock 4-2 reverse against Fiorentina and for a time there were question marks over his shot stopping, but he proved his doubters wrong with a return to form.
Buffon has previously won the IFFHS award four times but not since 2007 when he retained the title he won in Italy's World Cup winning year.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas had won the prize for the last five years running and is the man who has been honoured with it the most times, but he only finished sixth.