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Former Arsenal man Wojciech Szczesny explains why he's the best goalkeeper in history

Wojciech Szczesny

Wojciech Szczesny has joked that he is the greatest goalkeeper in history after displacing Gianluigi Buffon at Juventus (opens in new tab).

The former Arsenal (opens in new tab) shot-stopper became Juve's undisputed No.1 in 2018/19, when Buffon joined PSG (opens in new tab) in search of more regular first-team football.

The 41-year-old veteran has since returned to Turin to serve as Szczesny's deputy after a single season at the Parc des Princes.

And the Poland international has joked that his seniority to the legendary Buffon now makes him the finest keeper of all time.

"Recently I said that when I was back-up at Roma, it was to the best goalkeeper in the world, Alisson, who's now at Liverpool (opens in new tab). Now at Juve my substitute is one of the greatest players in history. The conclusions are that I'm probably the best in the world and in history," Szczesny told Przeglad Sportowy (opens in new tab).

"Seriously, an extra year of learning from Gigi is an invaluable experience and I'm glad he's back. This is a good move for Juventus and for me - the possibility of training with him, talking, watching, sharing insights, can't be bought. I would have to be very stupid not to use it. 

"I'm delighted. When I came to Juventus two years ago, I knew I would be his substitute for a year. Now he's returned aware of his role. Our relationship is still great."

Juventus beat Napoli (opens in new tab) 4-3 on Saturday to make it two wins from two at the start of the Serie A season.


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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).