Photo of Italian football goalkeeper Gigi Buffon

Goalkeeping great Buffon retires from playing football

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Gianluigi Buffon, one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, announced on Wednesday that he was retiring from football.

“That’s all folks,” the former Italy and Juventus captain said in an Instagram post.

“You gave me everything. I gave you everything.

“We did it together,” added the 2006 World Cup winner.

Buffon announces his retirement on Instagram

The 45-year-old had played the last two seasons in Serie B with Parma, the club he made his top-flight debut with aged 17 in 1995.

He rejoined them in 2021 from Juventus after picking up his 23rd trophy with the Turin giants with an Italian Cup win over Atalanta.

He had been at Juve since 2001, barring a brief sojourn at PSG in 2018-2019, and won a record 10 Serie A titles with them.

Next step on football journey

Italian goalkeeping great Gianluigi Buffon will join Italy coach Roberto Mancini’s backroom staff, ANSA sources said on Saturday.

The 2006 World Cup-winner has accepted Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) offer to become the Azzurri’s delegation chief, the sources said.

The position was previously held by another former Italy great, Gianluca Vialli. Sadly, Vialli died at the age of 58 in January after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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