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Gianluigi Buffon has thanked all of his Juventus team-mates individually after setting a goalkeeping record for the longest run without conceding a Serie A goal.

The Italian legend, 38, overtook Sebastiano Rossi’s record of 929 minutes without conceding for AC Milan – set in the 1993-94 season – in the fourth minute of Juventus’s 4-1 over local rivals Torino.

Andrea Belotti’s second-half penalty for Torino ended his run at 974 minutes but Juventus went on to secure a comfortable victory, keeping them three points clear at the top of Serie A.

Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon has set a new record for the longest run without conceding a Serie A goal

Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon has set a new record for the longest run without conceding a Serie A goal

The Italian surpassed Sebastiano Rossi's record on Sunday in Juventus's victory over local rivals Torino

The Italian surpassed Sebastiano Rossi’s record on Sunday in Juventus’s victory over local rivals Torino

The 38 year-old extended the record from 929 to 974 minutes and thanked all of his team-mates afterwards

The 38 year-old extended the record from 929 to 974 minutes and thanked all of his team-mates afterwards

This is a translation of a letter Buffon posted on his Facebook page about the goal he loves to 'protect' 

This is a translation of a letter Buffon posted on his Facebook page about the goal he loves to ‘protect’ 

BUFFON’S STATS

Games in Serie A 2015/16: 29

Clean sheets: 17

Minutes without conceding: 974 

Save percentage: 77% 

Career Honours: World Cup winner (2006), Serie A x 7, Coppa Italia x 2, Italian Super Cup x 6, Europa League x 2

Buffon posted a message on Facebook after the game with the introduction: ‘No record comes down to a single man and you can’t be number one outside of the group. So I’d like to thank…’ 

He then compliments each of his team-mates – Paul Pogba ‘doesn’t live football, he invents it’ and Sami Khedira is ‘always the right man in the right place’. 

‘And finally our coach, a winner in the temple of winners!’ he concludes after a long list of tributes. 

Buffon, who joined Juventus in 2001, is the most-capped Italy play ever and has been ever-present for his club this season at the age of 38.

Buffon catches a cross in Juventus's 4-1 win over city neighbours Torino at their Olympic Stadium on Sunday 

Buffon catches a cross in Juventus’s 4-1 win over city neighbours Torino at their Olympic Stadium on Sunday 

He has been described by the president of the Italian Football Federation as the national team's 'lighthouse'

He has been described by the president of the Italian Football Federation as the national team’s ‘lighthouse’

Carlo Tavecchio, president of the Italian Football Federation, described him as the national team’s ‘lighthouse’ after his record-breaking feat. 

‘Buffon is the symbol of Italian football par excellence,’ he said.

‘He is a person with a great sense of ethics and morality. He works with common sense and he always looks for problems to be resolved.

‘He is our lighthouse and the national team cannot do without him. Gigi, with his way of understanding this profession, can still give us very much. He is our pole star.’

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