Manchester United and Italy right back Matteo Darmian thinks that Gianluigi Buffon is a better goalkeeper than Spain’s David De Gea.
Darmian has the privilege of playing with two of the world’s best goalkeepers but when asked who is better the United man had no qualms.
“It’s great to play against David, he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Of course, it will be difficult to score, but we also have a great goalkeeper,” Darmian said to Joe.co.uk.
“They are two of the best goalkeepers in the world and, yes, there are similarities between David and Gigi, for sure.
“But I think that Gianluigi Buffon is the best goalkeeper of all time. For me as a defender I feel very lucky to play with them,” he added.
Gianluigi Buffon sat out Italy’s 1-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland after starting the first tow games where Italy kept a clean sheet in both.
Darmian similarly started the first two games but was only a second half substitute as Robbie Brady scored the first goal against the Italians in the competition.
Up next for Italy is David De Gea’s Spain in one of the biggest games, if not the biggest, games of the championships so far.
Spain and David De Gea had looked solid in the first two group games, but a 2-1 defeat to Croatia in the final game left them in second in the group and with this tricky knockout fixture.
De Gea came in for a lot of criticism in the Croatia game for a mistake and now with his Manchester United teammate choosing Buffon over him, he will be determined to prove himself when the sides meet.