Former Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has announced his retirement from football activities at age 45.
He started his career at the Parma academy and made his Serie A debut for the team in November 1995. In 2001, he signed for Juventus in a £32.6 million transfer, which was then a world record for a goalkeeper. Despite a short stay at PSG in 2018–19, Buffon spent the majority of his career in Turin. He made a record 657 appearances in the Italian top division overall, and his 176 appearances for Italy make him the all-time leading goalkeeper in terms of caps. He announced his retirement from international activities after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Buffon took to his social media pages to announce his retirement, tweeting, “That’s all, folks. You gave me everything. I gave you everything. We did it together.” He said.