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Gianluigi Buffon: Italian goalkeeping stalwart set to retire, official decision yet to arrive

Gianluigi Buffon, the old guard in goal for Italy, who has graced the Azzurri colors for more than two decades, has decided to call time on his stellar career. One of the legends in goal for Juventus, PSG and Parma, Buffon, 45, will soon announce his decision officially.

Buffon, the Greatest Goalkeeper of all time?

Gigi Buffon, as is fondly called by his fans and teammates, has made up his mind to hung his boots, after a 23-year reign at the pinnacle of football. He is widely regarded as one of the best in business, owing to his exploits in front of the goal, which has led to save his side’s blushes often. He will always be remembered for his street smart techniques while blocking a shot from opponent, which involved fooling them with feints, thus foxing the opponent attacker. The 2006 World Cup winner with Italy, has enjoyed several seasons in the European top flight, with successful stints for Juventus, Parma and French giants PSG.

According to renowned football transfer pundit Fabrizio Romano, “Gigi” has decided to curtain down one of the glorious careers of being a goalkeeper, with more than 1100 appearances. He spent 2022-23 season with boyhood club Parma Calcio, who narrowly missed out on a promotion to Serie A in the upcoming season, finishing fourth with a mediocre tally of 17 victories, 10 stalemates and 11 losses, in Serie B.

A legendary circle

Buffon had started his professional career at Parma, once a heavyweight in the Italian top flight. He will retire from football at Parma, thus strengthening the fact that life comes at a circle. He joined as an enterprising 20 year old rookie in 1998-99, here, before spending three season with the “Crosiati”. In 2001-02 season, he made a giant leap in his career when he joined the “Bianconeris”, thus becoming a keeping legend in this club. He spent 19 season consecutively with them, before a move to French giants PSG materialized, in 2018-19.

Things did not seem to go well in the French front as Buffon exited the side after one season, returning back to Juventus, the club where his exploits will be narrated to the upcoming generations as a folklore, before joining Parma, to relish the last few years of his career.

He was slated to don the Parma colors till 2024, but injuries which plagued him last season might have compelled him to take this decision. He will be known for his ridiculous longevity, playing with several father-son duos during his reign. He has achieved numerous accolades with each club he played, winning 10 Scudettos for Juventus and 1 Ligue 1 for the French capital side.

Next venture awaits?

Buffon, as is speculated. has received several offers for non-playing roles, particularly to take up the head position of delegates in the National Team. Buffon could be the perfect fit for this role, as it looks tantalizingly close, as he has spent his prime years here, reigning supremely on the zenith of Italian football. It was the same role which was endowed on the late Gianluca Vialli, but it is expected for Buffon to take some time in accepting this proud offer of spearheading the National Board.

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