After A Career Spanning 28 Years, Legendary Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon Calls It A Day
Italy's legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has called time on his football career after 28 years, as per Reuters. Buffon's legacy is second to none, be it for club and country.
Buffon has achieved a lot and one of them is winning the FIFA World Cup in 2006.
While at Juventus, he played an important role in the club winning 10 Serie A titles. Also, Buffon helped Paris St Germain to win the Ligue 1 title.
"That's all folks! You gave me everything. I gave you everything. We did it together," said Buffon said in his statement.
Buffon is believed to be one of the best goalkeepers of all time and he finished where he began - Parma. But on this occasion, Parma is in the Italian second tier.
Buffon joined Juventus from Parma in 2001 and was with PSG in 2018-19, before returning to Turin and then back to Parma in 2021.
Buffon's career began in Parma's youth system in 1991 when he was just 13. At first, he was a midfielder and then became a keeper due to his height.
The Serie A debut for Parma came vs AC Milan in 1995 when he was 17.
Buffon played 657 games in the Italian top flight and won the award in 2003 for the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year.
He has played the most international games by any goalkeeper - 176.
Buffon quit international football in 2018 after Italy failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
In an era of goals dominating, Buffon stood tall. After Oliver Kahn called time, Buffon was arguably the best in the world. By the end of Euro 2004, the world was taking notice of this rising star of Italian football. The man is a legend and will find himself in elite company in football history.
At 45, most footballers would be retired for some time. But Buffon only now ends an active career. For nearly 70 percent of his life, he's only played football and that is a big deal. A legend, an all-time great and arguably the best keeper ever, Buffon's shoes will be tough to fill, be it for club or country.