Gianluigi Buffon has retired from soccer after a storied 28-year profession.
The 45-year-old beforehand said that he intends to proceed taking part in till the 2026 World Cup and that he intends to play out his contract with Parma, which expires in June 2024.
However, as a result of a sequence of accidents previously yr, the goalkeeper had to consider his future earlier announced the news on Wednesday.
He took to social media to submit a video of a few of his greatest profession highlights, together with the caption, “That’s all folks! You gave me the whole lot. I gave you the whole lot. We did it collectively.’
Buffon is now anticipated to be provided the place of chief of delegation for the Italy nationwide group, previously held by former Chelsea striker Gianluca Vialli.
Gianluigi Buffon has ended his profession on the age of 45 after profitable the whole lot there’s to win in Italy
Buffon was anticipated to complete his contract with Parma, which expires in June 2024, however a sequence of accidents compelled him to rethink his future.
Buffon received 10 Serie A titles, six Supercoppa Italianas, six Coppa Italias and a World Cup
Buffon rejoined Parma in 2021 having began his profession within the academy earlier than transferring to Juventus. He had returned in hopes of getting Parma again into Italy’s prime flight, however failed to take action throughout his ultimate two seasons with the Serie B facet.
Buffon made 45 appearances in all competitions throughout his second spell at Parma however was plagued with accidents final season. He made simply 19 appearances within the 2022/23 season as he was sidelined by hamstring and calf issues.
In the course of a outstanding profession, Buffon received 10 Serie A titles, six Supercoppa Italianas, six Coppa Italias and a World Cup in 2006.
He additionally holds the file for essentially the most appearances in Serie A with 657 video games to his identify.