Juventus star Gianluigi Buffon set to finally play against his beloved West Ham

Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts before the start of the match against Carpi.

Juventus and Italy superstar goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finally gets the chance to play against his beloved West Ham United this weekend.

Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts before the start of the match against Carpi.Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is a living legend with a soft spot for West Ham

The Hammers take on the Italian giants in the official opening game at West Ham's new 60,000-seater Olympic Stadium home.

It is the final warm-up game ahead of a busy new season for both clubs and is a prestigious event for Slaven Bilic's men given some of the talent in the Serie A champions' squad.

They may be shorn of star midfielder Paul Pogba by then but Juve are bolstered by the £75 million signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli and boast almost the entire Italian national team's defence at the back.

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon and Leonardo Bonucci celebrate at the end of the gamePassion: Buffon has always admired Hammers fans

That includes Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon, one of the best goalkeepers of all time, and an avid West Ham fan.

In his book Buffon said that the Hammers were one of five teams he would love to play for.

“West Ham: Because of the supporters: I knew the West Ham supporters during my time as a supporter (Ultra)," Buffon wrote in his book when discussing his favourite teams.

West Ham fans under a Bobby Moore statue before the matchWest Ham fans under the Champions statue before the last match at their beloved Boleyn Ground

"Those guys (West Ham supporters) follow the Hammers with an extraordinary energy. And because of the logo (club crest): Two crossed hammers. Almost communist, if I think about it.”

Packed Olympic Stadium proves Buffon right

Buffon will see first hand just how passionate the Hammers fans are when a sell-out crowd greets him at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

	General view during training

West Ham's new Olympic Stadium home

Indeed West Ham are now officially the second-best supported club in England behind only Manchester United after selling out 52,000 season tickets.

Buffon is one of those rare players who is seemingly loved by football fans the world over.

A true gentleman, as well as a living legend, Hammers fans will take great pride in his comments about them and are sure to give him a warm reception when he comes to London this weekend.

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