Buffon could have joined Barcelona or Roma

Instead the Italy goalkeeper decided to join Juventus.

“I chose Juventus because my agent Silvano Martina and my father advised it,” he said to TuttoMercatoWeb.com. “At the time I had to choose between Roma, Barcelona, and Juve.

“Initially my friendship with [Francesco] Totti and Vito Scala made me prefer Roma, where [Fabio] Capello had just arrived and it seemed they were starting a great cycle of victories.

“I remember that Silvano and my father went to talk with [Roma president Franco] Sensi, but due to economic reasons he preferred to buy [Ivan] Pelizzoli, paying less, but at the time he was a promising young keeper.

“There were also contacts with Barcelona but then [Luciano] Moggi and the Agnelli family stepped in. I really wanted to win a Scudetto, my father said Juve hadn’t won the title for five years and that they were bound to win it within the next two years. In the end I followed his advice and it proved to be a good choice.”