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Gianluigi Buffon Returns To His Boyhood Club Parma

Gianluigi Buffon Returns To His Boyhood Club Parma

Article by: Mickey

Fri, Jun 18.21

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  • Gianluigi Buffon Returns To His Boyhood Club Parma

    Romance ain't dead. Gianluigi Buffon, regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, has decided to make a sensational return to the club that launched his illustrious career way back in 1995 - Parma Calcio.

    At the ripe old age of 43, but still as fit as ever, 'Gigi' is superhuman. To put into perspective how much longevity he's had, Gigi spent last season at Juventus playing with Federica Chiesa - a player who's father, Enrico, was Gigi's teammate at Parma.

    It's fitting that he acquired the nickname 'Superman' back in the 1997/98 season at Parma after he saved a penalty from the OG Ronaldo and celebrated by revealing a T-shirt of Superman underneath his jersey. We wonder who predicted back then that he'd still be playing for this long, and winning what he has?

    It wasn't just the T-shirt that made his nickname stick. His amazing attributes such as his agility, shot stopping in the air and incredible athleticism, which has been on show since his debut at 17 years of age and has remained to this day, cemented it.

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    The fact that even at his current age many still regard him as easily a Serie A level keeper is a testament to how committed he is and how hard he works on and off the pitch. Only a few players even at the elite level have that drive within them. He simply loves to play football which is why a move away from the comfort of Juventus, rotating sparingly with Wojciech Szczesny, has come about. 

    The mission facing Superman next season is to guide Parma straight back into Serie A after being relegated last season. It's not going to be easy, but it's a league and experience Gigi has been involved in before, after being one of the few big name stars to stick it out in Serie B with Juventus back when they were demoted for their part in the Calciopoli scandal back in 2006. 

    This time will clearly be different for the man who once held the record for the most expensive goalkeeper transfer of all time. He won't have a similar team to that Juventus side and will need to share his wealth of experience and drive with his new teammates in order to help steer them back to the top flight.

     

     

    You might ask yourself why is Gigi doing this? What's in it for him to go back to Parma in a league that is still beneath him? The answer is in two parts. Part one is that this is a different adventure for a man who has already done it all. He's won everything, tested himself in a different country back in the 2018/19 season at PSG and this next step is something exciting, and romantic, in a different way. A different way for a different player.

    The second part is the final dream he wants to attain. If he plays all season at Parma and performs well, he believes he can then make the squad for a sixth, yes sixth, World Cup. A record he would set and would surely not be beaten in our lifetimes. At 176 international caps for Italy - it would be a truly remarkable achievement, even if he goes and doesn't end up playing.

    The mission is set. We can't wait to watch Superman do his thing for what could be the final time before he hangs up his cape.


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