Gianluigi Buffon nears Parma return after 20 years

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Gianluigi Buffon is closing on an improbable return to Parma Calcio 1913 after 20 years away from Stadio Ennio Tardini.

The 43-year-old former Italy international left the Crociati for Juventus as part of a deal worth just over $63 million which stood for many years as the most expensive fee for a shot stopper.

Buffon went on to earn legendary status for club and country and has since left Juve for a stint with Paris Saint-Germain before returning to Turin only to leave for a second time.

No longer part of the Azzurri playing setup, he wants to continue playing and will do so in Serie B as Parma target an immediate return to Italy’s elite (which you can watch all of on Paramount+)

Buffon will pen a contract until 2023 and return to the club that he helped to win the UEFA Cup, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana.

Parma are now owned by American Kyle Krause’s Krause Group and have had to be reborn twice due to financial problems.

Enzo Maresca has now been charged with leading Parma back to Serie A and at 41, the coach is two years younger than Buffon.

Despite the fairytale appearance, not all Gialloblu fans will be happy to see Buffon return to the Tardini after his 2001 departure.

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