The Italian goalkeeper is in no hurry to finish his career at the age of 43. Buffon wants to extend his contract with Juventus for another year. Gigi will become the oldest player in Serie A and the Champions League.
Turin’s Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who will turn 43 on January 28, has no plans to end his career. According to Italian journalists, the legendary goalkeeper is going to extend his contract with the Turin club, which expires in the summer of 2021, for another season.
As it turns out, Gigi Buffon’s goal is to become the oldest player in Serie A history to play on the pitch. At the moment, this record belongs to the former Lazio goalkeeper, Marco Ballotta, who made his last appearance in the Italian championship in 2008, at the age of 44 years and 38 days.
And this is not just about the Serie A record. A similar record belongs to Marco Ballotta in the UEFA Champions League, where he last played against Real Madrid on 11 December 2007 and was 43 years and 252 days old on the day of the match. Consequently, Gigi has a chance to win the record of the most important club tournament in Europe.
Recall that Buffon already holds the record for the number of matches played in the Italian championship. He has 654 meetings on his account.
Buffon made his Serie A debut in 1995 with a Parma shirt. In 2001, Gigi transferred to Juventus, where he became the country’s champion 10 times. Buffon played a total of 677 matches for Juve and 220 for Parma. In 176 more matches, he defended the Italian national team. The goalkeeper also spent one season in Paris Saint-Germain.
This season, the veteran Italian goalkeeper has defended Juventus in 6 matches in all competitions and has conceded 4 goals.