Gianluigi Buffon, the 45-year-old Italian goalkeeper originally of Parma, has officially announced his retirement from football. With a career spanning a ridiculous 28 years and over 1,100 games, Buffon leaves behind a legacy of triumph, having secured 29 trophies throughout his illustrious journey.
Despite facing some ups and downs, including a mixed stint at PSG, Buffon will forever be remembered as a true legend of the game and not just because of his monstrous trophy cabinet.
In a heartfelt message shared on his social media, Buffon bid farewell to the sport that he has deeply influenced, expressing gratitude to his fans and teammates: "That's all folks! You gave me everything. I gave you everything. We did it together."
Throughout his exceptional career, which began in 1995 at Parma, Buffon won 10 Serie A titles with Juventus, and famously won the 2006 World Cup with the Italy national team defeating Zinedine Zidane's France in a memorable final. He also claimed a Ligue 1 title and appeared in three Champions League finals winning none.
Although his time at PSG might not have been as successful as he had hoped, Buffon cherished the experience and openly expressed his appreciation for his time in Paris.
Buffon recently described his stint at PSG as "the greatest experience of my life" and expressed regret over not winning more titles while on the team.