Buffon and Casillas have been the best goalkeepers in the world for 10 years, says Pagliuca

The two experienced keepers will go head-to-head in the Euro 2012 final between the Azzurri and La Roja on Sunday, and have been praised by the former Nazionale international
By Paolo Camedda

Former Italy international Gianluca Pagliuca has stated that Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas have been the best goalkeepers in the world for the last 10 years.

The experienced duo will go head-to-head on Sunday as Spain face the Azzurri in the final of Euro 2012 in Kiev, and the retired shot-stopper feels it will be a top-quality clash.

"They are the two goalkeepers that have dominated the international scene for years," he told Goal.com Italy.

"If the Azzurri win, Gigi [Buffon] will equal the titles won by Casillas; a World Cup and the European Championship.

"Although they have different characteristics, they are undoubtedly the two best goalkeepers of the past 10 years.

"Buffon is taller and has a great sense of position, while Casillas is more responsive, but in the end they will undoubtedly be counted among the greatest goalkeepers in the history of football."
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The 45-year-old went on to state that he feels Spain would have rather faced Germany at the final hurdle and that Cesare Prandelli's men will win the competition.

"Spain, despite being the favourites on paper, we should not fear. In my opinion the Spaniards would have preferred to meet Germany in the final, who would have been a much easier opponent," he added.

"For me the Azzurri have a good chance of winning. The Furia Roja have a really strong team, but watch out for Italy; the enthusiasm of the team can make a difference.

"I see Italy winning; 2-1 to the Azzurri," he predicted.