Hugo Lloris will come up against his childhood idol Gianluigi Buffon when Tottenham face Juventus in a friendly on Saturday.
Now 39, the Italian legend has been around long enough to have inspired the 30-year-old France international back when he was coming of age at OGC Nice.
"There is something special and it's difficult to describe it, but he's a player who can inspire those around him," Lloris said.
"Juventus have had so many legendary players and there is still one there in Gianluigi Buffon. When I was younger I was completely a fan.
"He's the kind of player who can inspire you and when I was 15, 16, that kind of player and Iker Casillas as well, they both started so young and that was an inspiration for me. I wanted to start young as well and that's what I did.
"After 16 seasons [with Juventus] he shows he has the same ambition and motivation as in the past. To stay at the top at that age means you have to work harder than others and that's why he's the best. In terms of longevity, it's amazing what he's done."