Gianluigi Buffon makes emotional return to Parma on free transfer aged 43 – 20 years after quitting for Juventus

GIANLUIGI BUFFON has completed his romantic return to Parma, 20 years after leaving his boyhood club.

The legendary goalkeeper, 43, put pen to paper on a two-year contract at the club.

Parma tweeted the news using the #SupermanReturns, two decades after selling him to Juventus for a world-record goalkeeper fee of around £32million.

In a classy video set around Parma's stadium, a hooded man opens a treasure box on the pitch with a superman tee and Parma shirt inside before he takes a phone call then removes the hood to reveal it is Buffon.

The veteran stopper tweeted another video showing photos from his first spell at Parma and wrote: "And now let's keep having fun…"

I Crociat were relegated from Serie A last season meaning Buffon will be competing in Italy's second tier for the 2021-22 campaign.

After joining the academy in 1991 and progressing through the youth ranks, he made 220 first-team appearances between 1995 and 2001.

Parma won the Coppa Italia, Uefa Cup and Supercoppa Italiana in 1999 and earned his big-money switch to Juventus in July 2001.

After 17 years with the Old Lady, Buffon spent one season at Paris Saint-Germain before returning to Juve in 2019 for another two years as back-up to Wojciech Szczesny.

Including his record 176 Italy caps, Buffon has played 1,106 competitive senior matches in his career.


And that includes winning a staggering 28 trophies such as the World Cup in 2006 and most recently the Coppa Italia in May.

But the one trophy to evade him throughout has been the Champions League – although he has three runners-up medals from 2003, 2015 and 2017.

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