MINISTER BUFFON: Legend offered political spot

?Given his the spectacular success of Gianluigi Buffon both on and off the pitch, it's fair to say that the Juventus and Italy legend won't be short of job offers when he finally decides to hang up his gloves.

However, it seems as though Buffon has received a job offer of a rather different nature.

Vittorio Sgarbi, the leader of the new Rinascimento political party in Buffon's home country of Italy has put forward the World Cup winner as his choice for Minister of Sport.

He told Vanity Fair (as quoted by Football Italia) that: -If we win the election, Buffon will be the new Minister for Sport.

Perhaps unsurprisingly for a party that seems so quick to have Buffon involved, Rinascimento translates as 'renaissance', which appears to explain why Buffon looks such a shoo-in for the job.

Sgarbi explained: -Buffon is balanced, represents the Nazionale and is about to retire. He is interested in art and politics. He showed interest for the proposals put forward by Rinascimento and wrote to me about it.

Buffon, who has been at Juventus since 2001, is expected to retire at the end of the season, when he is expected to be offered a position on the club's Board of Directors. If he does choose to stay with Juventus, Sgarbi and co. could always turn to Andrea Pirlo for Minister of Culture.