Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon extends Parma deal until 2024

Gianluigi Buffon signed a new deal with Parma on Monday that will keep the veteran former Italy captain at the Serie B club until 2024

Gianluigi Buffon signed a new deal with Parma on Monday that will keep the veteran former Italy captain at the Serie B club until 2024. The one-year extension to his contract means Buffon, who is Parma’s first-choice goalkeeper, will continue as a professional football player. even beyond his 46th birthday. “Gigi is a great player, one of the three best goalkeepers in Italy and his renewal is a great pleasure for us,” said Parma president Kyle Krause.

“His passion and dedication for Parma and the city is obvious every time you see him.”

Italian football icon Buffon returned to Parma from Juventus last summer, two decades after leaving the club where he began his professional career.

The 44-year-old has a record 176 caps for his country, and he also holds the record for Serie A matches played with 657, starting with his debut for Parma in 1995, aged 17.

He won 27 trophies, including the 2006 World Cup and the 1999 UEFA Cup for Parma, possibly as part of the best team in the club’s history.

Parma were among Italy’s top clubs in the 1990s under the ownership of the dairy company Parmalat, winning three major European titles.

After Parmalat collapsed in 2003 following a massive financial fraud scandal, the club went bankrupt. They sank to Series D in 2015.

Three consecutive promotions put them back in the top flight in 2018, but they were relegated after finishing bottom of Serie A last season.

Most of Buffon’s success came in 19 seasons at Juve, with 10 Serie A titles, five Coppa Italia and Serie B titles in 2007.

He also won Ligue 1 with PSG in 2018-2019 before returning to the Turin giants but never won the Champions League, losing finals with Juve in 2003, 2015 and 2017.

 

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