Buffon did return to Parma this season, having not extended his contract at Juventus. The 43-year-old goalkeeper returns to his first club.
Yes, Parma is Buffon’s first professional club. He defended him since 1995, and briefly presented the Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italia and UEFA Cup trophies, before moving to Juventus in 2001.
After growing up with Juventus, and having a career at Paris Saint-Germain, Buffon returned to Parma. And thousands of days since leaving Parma, Buffon is making his second debut at his boyhood club.
On Wednesday (21/7) local time, Buffon played when Parma faced VfL Bochum in a pre-season match. He appeared in the first round.
Play in the first round, Gianluigi Buffon can keep the goal not conceded. The score was still 0-0 until halftime.
Buffon was then substituted during the second half by Rinaldi. And his substitute goalkeeper made Parma lose 0-1, when Rama Chibsah found the net for the Serie A representatives in the 76th minute.
Buffon, even though Parma lost on his second debut, could not hide his joy at being able to return to his boyhood club. He uploaded a photo of his appearance with the caption ‘7339 days later’.
In the 2021/2022 season, Parma will appear in Serie B due to relegation. However, that doesn’t stop Gianluigi Buffon to return to wearing the Il Gialloblu jersey.
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