Goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon’s return to his former club Parma Calcio is perfect. The 43-year-old has signed a contract with the second-tier club that runs until 2023. Parma announced this officially on Thursday.
Buffon had already confirmed in mid-May that he would not renew his papers with record champions Juventus Turin, which expired at the end of June, and that he would leave the Bianconeri after 19 years at the club. Instead, he now works at Parma, which has just been relegated from Serie A to the second division.
Recently, his advisor had already confirmed in an interview that returning to Parma is an option. At the club from northern Italy, Buffon played already in his youth and moved professionally there in 1994 at the age of 16. In November 1995 he finally made his debut at the age of 17 in Serie A and played a total of 220 competitive matches for Parma in the following years, also winning the Italian Cup and the European Cup with the club in 1999.
Perhaps Gianluigi Buffon wants to return to the national team
In 2001, the 176-time national goalkeeper moved to Juventus for less than €53 million. With a one-year break (2018/19 at PSG), he remained in the Torino goal until the end of the previous season.
With Parma, Buffon is now seeking a return to Serie A. In addition, according to Italian media, he wants to recommend himself to the national team again and secure a place in the squad for the 2022 World Cup. Buffon played his last international match so far in the Test against Argentina (0:2) in March 2018.