“I’m back”: In a video, goalkeeper legend Gianluigi Buffon announced his return to Italian football club Parma Calcio. The 43-year-old had previously played for Juventus for nearly 20 years with a short break. In May he announced that he would leave the Bianconeri at the end of the season, but initially left his future open. Now, as previously speculated, he has signed a two-year contract with Parma.
In the video posted by his new old club, Buffon walks into the Tardini stadium and opens a box buried in the ground containing a Parma shirt and Superman uniform. “He’s back home,” the club wrote: #Superman returnsman
The national goalkeeper had long since started his professional career in the northern Italian city. Between 1995 and 2001 Buffon was in Tour Parmas. At the age of 17 he made his Italian debut against AC Milan. In the 1998/99 season he won the European Cup and the Italian Cup with the club. In 2001 he finally moved to Turin. In 2006 Buffon became world champion with the Italian national team in Germany.
Parma will play the second division again next season. The team had finished the previous season of the Italian Serie A at the bottom of the standings and was relegated. The predecessor of AC Parma belonged to the European elite in the 1990s, winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup once (1993), the European Cup twice (1995, 1999), and the National Cup three times (1992, 1999, 2002). .