Gianluigi Buffon Expected to Announce His Retirement

After the first rumors popped up a while back, Gianluigi Buffon appears to have made up his mind. He’s set to announce his retirement in the coming days. Following lengthy deliberations, he made the final call, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs. His former teammates have already started to pay homage to him.

The legendary goalkeeper still had a year on his contract with Parma. He had decided to return to his first team to close the circle and help them return to Serie A, but they didn’t manage in a seesawing season.

Buffon reportedly received a large bid from Saudi Arabia but turned it down and will stop playing. He’ll remain involved with football, though. Multiple teams have shown interest in bringing him in a different role.

The most enticing proposal has arrived from the Azzurri, which want him as the new head of the delegation to succeed the late Gianluca Vialli. The 45-year-old is thinking it over and will provide his answer soon.

Buffon is poised to put a bow on a historic 28-year career. He spent most of it at Juventus, from 2001 to 2021, with a brief stint at PSG. He lifted ten Scudetto titles, five Supercoppa, four Coppa Italia, and obviously the World Cup with Italy in 2006, making him one of the most accomplished goalkeepers of all time, if not the best.

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