Gianluigi Buffon believes the situation of Iker Casillas at Real Madrid is a strange one for such a talented goalkeeper.
Casillas has lost his place as Los Blancos’ first choice for La Liga games but is called on for the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.
Speaking at a Press conference prior to Italy’s friendly with Spain, Buffon admitted his surprise at Casillas’ problems at club level.
“I know [Casillas] from way back,” Buffon said.
“It’s a peculiar case. But you don’t measure goalkeepers for the amount of games they play but for their quality. He’ll come back stronger.”
Buffon declined to comment on who he felt was the best goalkeeper in the world today, insisting that there are a number of candidates and finding an objective opinion is impossible.
“Saying one goalkeeper is the best doesn’t deserve an answer,” the Juventus custodian continued.
“For the Italians it will be me, for the Spaniards, Iker, for others [Petr] Cech or [Manuel] Neuer.
“There are times when someone is playing better, then someone else. Consistency is key.”
Buffon added that while he was looking forward to playing La Roja, he does not view the fixture as a chance avenge Italy’s defeat in the Euro 2012 final.
“It’s an important game but it’s a friendly. You can’t compare it to a competitive match,” he said.
“We want to continue getting stronger as a team. It’s not a revenge match, just a chance to beat a great rival.”