Juventus goalkeeper has labelled himself, Iker Casillas and Petr Cech as the best three goalkeepers over the last 10-15 years.

Speaking to the Italian press ahead of Italy’s friendly with World Champions Spain, Gigi Buffon had nothing but kind words for his opposite number.

Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas has remained a cult figure despite sharing the number one spot with David Lopez for the Spanish giants. It was a situation which was initially created by Jose Mourinho, yet despite his limited appearances for his domestic club, Casillas still remains Spain’s number one.

Buffon on the other hand has been both Juventus and Italy number one for a long time. The iconic shot-stopper – who is regarded as an all-time Italian great – paid tribute to Iker Casillas and also Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, two men he regards as the world’s best alongside himself over the past decade.

He said: “We managed to stay at the top level for 10-15 years, though it’s only normal that over such a long period of time there were some dips in form, but our strength has been our consistency.”

“We weren’t the only top goalkeepers, as some forget Petr Cech, probably because he plays for the Czech Republic and not one of the bigger nations.”

Buffon’s words regarding consistency pays special tribute to the Chelsea number one who is currently enjoying another fine season at Stamford Bridge.

Since being a key member of Jose Mourinho’s title winning squad during the Portuguese boss’ first stint at the club, Petr Cech has kept up his phenomenal high standards to remain at the top of his game.

So far this campaign, the 31-year-old has kept 12 clean sheets in the Premier League, a record not bettered at this stage of the season since Chelsea last won the title under Carlo Ancelotti.

If Petr Cech can continue to mirror the consistency shown by the 36-year-old Gigi Buffon, then Jose Mourinho will continute to face a huge goalkeeping dilemma following the probable return of Belgian international Thibaut Courtois.

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