Despite approaching 27 years as a senior professional, Gianluigi Buffon has no plans to retire yet after signing a new deal at Parma that will see the goalkeeper continue playing until the ripe old age of 46.
Buffon re-joined Serie B side Parma – the team he made his debut for as a 17-year-old in November 1995 – last year, with the club announcing on Monday that he has signed a contract extension until 2024.
“It’s a beautiful day, for me and for my whole family,” Buffon told a news conference on Monday. “What I wanted happened and I think the president and the club wanted it too, as I hope the fans and the city wanted it.
Buffon, who has won 10 Serie A titles and is the division’s record appearance maker with 657 games, announced his extension during a news conference with club president Kyle Krause.
“He is a great player and for us, he is a great pride,” Krause added. “In addition to his leadership skills, he is also a person with excellent human skills.
“We can see the passion he has for Parma every day, we are really happy for his commitment.”