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Buffon turns 43... and 'threatens' to renew with Juventus to play until he's 44

Gianluigi Buffon is already a legend at Juventus and beyond. The iconic Italian World Cup winning goalkeeper turns 43 this Thursday and he's still playing at the top level.

Born in Carrara on January 28, 1978, fans of Italian football in the 1990s remember him from his Parma days, right through the 2000s, including the 2006 World Cup win, and right up until now.

In his 26 years as a professional, Buffon has become a legend who transcends rivalries and borders and he is one of the best-known players in the world.

His willpower and work ethic has seen him continue playing until 43, with him now playing backup to Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny at Juventus.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Buffon wants to continue on beyond his current contract, which expires on June 30 of this year.

Should he extend again, he'll play until he's 44 and he's threatening to overtake Marco Ballotta as the oldest goalkeeper to play in Serie A at 44 years and 38 days old.

Ballotta also has the equivalent Champions League record at 43 years and 252 days.

Buffon's career

His professional career began on November 19, 1995 at Parma. With the Crociati, he managed to win the 1999 UEFA Cup, and then moved on to join Juventus.

He even played in Serie B with the Bianconeri, despite having just won the World Cup, as they were relegated for their part in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.

The Italian did have some time away from Turin, though, having spent a season with Paris Saint-Germain in 2018/19, where he became a French champion.

But he didn't feel as though his playing days were done and he returned to Juventus in 2019.

He has 922 club appearances under his belt already, and an astonishing 176 international caps, making him Italy's most capped player.

He has just six appearances this season between Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, even playing in Juve's remarkable 3-0 win at the Camp Nou, denying Lionel Messi on a number of occasions to prove he's still got it even at this age.

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