FOOTBALL – Juventus Mercato: Buffon returns to his club
It is official! Gianluigi Buffon returns to Parme AC in Serie B, his formative club. At the end of his contract with Juventus of Turin, the 43-year-old emblematic Goalkeeper does not hang up his gloves. Looking for a new challenge, he received several offers, but one of them caught the eye of “Gigi Buffon”, which he saw as a return to his roots.
Parme AC is an Italian club that the keeper knows like the back of his hand. In 1991, at the age of 13, he joined the Parme training center. In 1995, he made his professional debut with the same club, before joining Juventus in 2001.
Buffon signs for Parma, retirement will wait
The Italian player decided not to end his professional career. “I have decided to continue playing because I still feel good,” he said recently. The pressure of the general manager of Parme, Javier Ribalta, has something to do with it. As well as the desire of the coach, Enzo Maresca, his former teammate at Juventus, to have him in the team. “The performances I have done are the best answer. At a certain age, I found a certainty: your teammates give you the biggest answers. When you walk into the locker room, you perceive what they think of you,” he indicated.
“Superman is back,” the Parme club announced on its Twitter account, releasing a video concluded with a few words from the Italian legend: “I’m back.” The club of Parme did not specify the conditions of this return, but according to the Italian press, Gianluigi Buffon has committed to a two-year term. He is also guaranteed to be a starter and captain, with guarantees on a transition to the club after the end of his career.
At the club, “Gigi Buffon” has a great record of achievements. He won 1 UEFA Cup, 9 Italian championships, 1 French championship, 1 Italian Serie B championship, 5 Italian cups, 6 Italian supercups and 1 Champions Trophy. He also participated in 3 Champions League finals in 2003, 2015 and 2017. He has been nominated for the Golden Ball eight times, finishing second in 2006 and fourth in 2017. Not to mention that he has been voted “Best Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year” five times. With 657 games, he is the record holder of the number of games played in Serie A.