Gianluigi Buffon Agrees New Deal With Juventus to Take Him Into 26th Season

Football without Gianluigi Buffon is difficult the imagine. The evergreen legend started his career back in 1995, and has made over 900 club appearances and received 176 caps for Italy since. 

Most would be thinking about packing it in after having such a tiring career, but not Buffon, who has apparently agreed a one-year contract extension with Juventus that will see him enter his 26th season as a player.

Gianluigi Buffon

According to ​Tuttosport, the legendary goalkeeper reached an agreement with Old Lady chairman Andrea Agnelli – just two years his senior – to pen new terms recently and the deal will be finalised when the coronavirus crisis has subsided. 

Buffon has spent the vast majority of his illustrious career in Turin, first joining ​Juventus from Parma back in 2001. During his initial 17-year spell at the club, he won nine ​Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia – though European success eluded him. 

In an attempt to end his Champions League hoodoo, he moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 2018, only for ​Manchester United to shock the Parisians by knocking them out in the round of 16. Buffon subsequently returned to Juventus where he has made 11 appearances this season. 

News of this new deal begs the question: just how long will Buffon play for? 

Gianluigi Buffon of Parma

We’re not the only ones who have been pondering this, with his former Italy teammates Francesco Totti and Fabio Cannavaro discussing it on Instagram recently. 

I’ll tell you; Gigi wants to play until he’s 50. But he can play for two or three more seasons. Besides, he’s in goal and is a backup,” Totti told Cannavaro (via ​Daily Mail).

“Well, you’ll know it. He won’t want to stop, but they will make him stop, which is very different,” the 2006 Ballon d’Or winner replied. 

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