38. Gianluigi Buffon
The veteran goalkeeper was part of the superb Juventus side that went the whole of the last Serie A season unbeaten on their way to winning the Scudetto. He deservedly won much of the plaudits for the team's Serie A triumph having conceded just 20 goals in the league over the course of the season, the second fewest in any of Europe's top six leagues. Gianluigi Buffon also captained Italy as they reached the Euro 2012 final, putting in a string of fine performances en route as the Azzurri confounded their pre-tournament critics to once again perform in a major tournament despite off-field controversies surrounding a number of players and Serie A clubs.Moment of the Season - He was brilliant throughout Euro 2012 for Italy, but his finest moment was his save from Ashley Cole's firmly-struck penalty during his side's quarter-final penalty shoot-out triumph.
Editor's view - "After an injury plagued 2010-11, many sceptics doubted the goalkeeper's ability to return at the top level. How wrong they were. Gianluigi Buffon was superb as Juventus went the whole season unbeaten and also impressed for Italy at Euro 2012. Buffon is here to stay." - Vittorio Campanile - Chief editor for Goal.com Italy