Formal Italy goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon has retired from football at 45 years old, following 28 years of active football career in which he recorded uncommon achievements for clubs and country.
Buffon, who lifted the World Cup with Italy in 2006, came out on top for 10 Serie A championships with Juventus and a Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
In his goodbye message he said, “That’s all folks! You gave me everything. I gave you everything. We did it together.”
Broadly viewed as one of the best goal keepers ever, he finished his career where he began, at Parma, who are in the Italian second level, having been relegated from top flight football in the just concluded season.
Buffon joined Juventus from Parma in 2001 and burned through the vast majority of his profession with the club, aside from a season at PSG in 2018-19, preceding getting back to Turin and afterward going to Parma in June 2021, he played multiple times for Italy.
Buffon started his football career in Parma’s academy in 1991 at age 13, at first, playing in midfield prior to adjusting to the job of a goalkeeper in view of his height and actual traits. He made his Serie A debut for Parma in a goalless draw against Milan in November 1995 at 17 years old.
Buffon played a record 657 times in the Italian top flight and is the most-covered male goalkeeper ever. He retired from global football in 2018 after Italy neglected to meet all requirements for the 2018 World Cup and finally bid goodbye to club football in August, 2023. What an illustrious career!