Buffon: Pirlo as good as Messi

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes Andrea Pirlo is on the same level as Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

The Argentine forward completed a record-breaking 2012 with 91 goals in all competitions for club and country.

But the 34-year-old shot-stopper has insisted that his fellow countryman is on par with the Blaugrana man.

“I think it's unlikely that any human being again will repeat the numbers that Messi is getting,” he told Sport Mediaset.

“But he is a striker, so numbers are on his side. I think Andrea Pirlo has the same sort of quality.

“He does not have to envy anyone, but in the world of football, awards go to those who score goals.”

Tags Buffon Juventus Messi Pirlo