“As I grew up, I looked up to him and then we evolved together and we’ve had similar careers.
“Ours is a healthy, positive rivalry: we really appreciate each other and playing against him is always a pleasure.
“He is a player who is known and admired all over the world and he is part of the history of this game.”
In club clashes, the pair have three wins each with Buffon’s Juventus best in the Champions League semi-finals in 2003 and 2015.
But Casillas has had the better record for Spain with three victories to only one for Buffon’s Italy including Spain’s victory in the Euro 2012 final.