After a legendary 28-year career, Gianluigi Buffon is apparently planning to sever his relationship with Parma and retire from football.
The 45-year-old has already declared that he plans to continue playing through the 2026 World Cup and has every intention of staying at Parma through the remainder of his contract that expires in June 24.
However, the goalkeeper has had to reevaluate his options due to a series of injuries over the past year.
Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sports has reported that Buffon’s agency will meet with Parma soon to amicably end his contract.
The Italian national team is expected to offer him the Chief of Delegation role formerly held by Chelsea striker Gianluca Vialli.
After beginning his career in the Parma academy and landing a transfer to Juventus, Buffon returned to Parma in 2021.
During his final two seasons with the Serie B team, he tried to get Parma back into the top division of Italy but was unsuccessful.
During his second spell at Parma, Buffon played 45 times in all competitions, but the previous campaign was marred by injuries.
He only appeared in 19 games during the 2022–23 season due to hamstring and calf problems.
Buffon had a distinguished career, winning 10 Serie A championships, six Supercoppa Italiana championships, six Coppa Italia championships, and the 2006 World Cup. With 657 games, he also holds the record for most Serie A appearances.
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