Legendary goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon insists he’s not ready to hang up his gloves and could continue until he’s 55

Legendary goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon insists he's not ready to hang up his gloves and could continue until he's 55

Gianluigi Buffon, a legendary Italian goalkeeper, has claimed that he is not yet ready to bring an end to his 27-year playing career and may play until he is 55.

The 44-year-old Parma Serie B goalkeeper, who is getting ready to start his second season in goal, thinks he can play until he is in his mid-fifties.

The former Juventus legend also admitted that he isn’t sure if he would continue playing football after his eventual retirement.

Buffon reportedly said: “Ten years in Parma in the first life, twenty years at Juventus in the second life, one to Paris, two to Juve, and now I close the circle in Parma and I’m in my second year.” This is according to Alfredo Pedulla.

‘And I’m not 100. Retired at 55? More or less. If I will train after the retirement? I have been thinking for many years about when I will stop. My ideas got confused, I’ve been thinking about it for 10 years but then I always go on.

‘I think I have had important experiences that allow me to get to know the world of football, but I’m not 100% sure that I will stay in this world. Maybe I’ll experience something else, I know football, I’m curious and I also like to know other worlds’.

At the end of February, Parma announced Buffon had signed a contract extension until 2024, which will keep him playing until the age of 46.

The Italian became one of the most renowned goalkeepers in the world after his successful career at Juventus, where he claimed 10 Serie A titles and 12 Goalkeeper of the Year awards.

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