Buffon set to make it 1,000 not out

Juventus' Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made his professional debut in 1995 as a 17-year-old in goal for Parma and has gone on to become a football icon at home and abroad

Gianluigi Buffon will make his 1,000th career appearance when the legendary goalkeeper pulls on the gloves once more for Italy on Friday against Albania.

The 39-year-old Juventus stopper made his professional debut in 1995 as a 17-year-old in goal for Parma and has gone on to become a football icon at home and abroad.

"This is going to be a great achievement. The only thing I can say with certainty is that there will not be 1,000 more," he told a press conference on Thursday.

Buffon played 220 times for Parma and is at 612 appearances for Juventus -- and counting.

The World Cup qualifier against Albania will make it his 168th cap for Italy and bring up the 1,000 landmark in all.

If Italy, in a tussle for top spot in qualifying Group G with Spain, reach Russia 2018 it will be Buffon's sixth World Cup.

And then?

"I will have to think carefully and feel in my heart what may or may not happen," he said.