A tribute to Gianluigi Buffon: The making of Superman
The 17-year-old debutant in the Parma net may have made a rookie mistake before the game had even begun but he was flawless from the first whistle to last, making one incredible save after another – most notably from Baggio, Weah and Zvonimir Boban.
They were the first of many by the man who would later be ordained ‘San Gigi’.
After he had saved a penalty from the great Ronaldo in a Serie A clash with Inter in 1997, grateful Parma fans even presented their new hero with a 'Superman' t-shirt, the very one in which he celebrated the club's Coppa Italia triumph two years later.
"Even Superman is sometimes only Clark Kent," it read, "Gigi, always our superhero."
"But when we went back to Parma to collect Gigi, he was calm.