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Hart still has the clippings of an interview Buffon gave a couple of years ago, acknowledging the Manchester City star was destined for the very top.
The 25-year-old took the plaudit with a pinch of salt. But, in believing Buffon still to be one of the best around, Hart is eager to see how he measures up.
"I've got it in my house," Hart said of that interview.
"I didn't take it too much to heart because it wasn't particularly about me and you're going to say nice things about any goalkeeper.
"But he is a huge name in goalkeeping terms.
"We don't get a great deal of access to him, which is a shame, because he has been a legend for years.
"I love the way he plays. He's got a great style about him, is in control of the situation, seems to have good mannerisms and makes the big saves when required.
"He doesn't go looking for action, which is key for a goalkeeper. The last thing you want is your keeper trying to take crosses 30 yards out or slide-tackling people.
"He just does his thing and is very good at it. I'm really looking forward to playing against him."
Former England keeper
And should the last-eight tie end up being decided on penalties, the former Shrewsbury Town man would have the perfect opportunity to prove it.
However, Hart is honest enough to admit the whole shootout scenario is a lottery he would be happy to do without.
"I'd prefer to win the game properly," he said.
"I want us to play well, be solid, not concede and score, then we don't need to worry about penalties.
"Penalties are a lottery and I've not got a magic answer.
"If you lose it means you're out the tournament. That's your worst nightmare."
Dual-championship winning A-League manager Ernie Merrick was appointed coach of Wellington Phoenix on a two-year deal, with an option to sign on for a third.