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Legendary Italian goalkeeper, Buffon, returns to boyhood club Parma

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has signed a two-year contract with his boyhood club, Parma, 20 years after leaving the club in 2001.

According to a statement on Serie B side Parma’s verified Twitter handle on Thursday, the former Juventus and Paris Saint Germain goalie signed a contract that would run until June 2023.

The 43-year-old icon began his youth career with the club in 1991 before getting a call-up to the senior team in 1995 where he made 168 appearances in six years.

Buffon left Parma in 2001 for Italian giants Juventus, becoming a formidable force in the Serie A but in 2018, he left the Old Lady for a sojourn abroad, by signing a deal with French giant, PSG.

After a season at the French capital, Buffon returned to Turin and spent two more seasons with Juventus where he finished the 2020/21 football season before returning to his roots, where he made his Serie A debut as a 17-year-old.

Generally regarded as the greatest goalkeeper of his generation, the charismatic Italian won 10 Serie A titles with Juventus, one Ligue 1 title with PSG, and the World Cup with the Italian national team in 2006, amongst other honours.

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