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Gianluigi Buffon makes stunning return to Parma after 20 years
Gianluigi Buffon makes stunning return to Parma after 20 years

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Legendary Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon has made a sensational return to Parma 20 years after he left the club to join Italian giants, Juventus.


Buffon wrapped up a total of 220 appearances and won three trophies for Parma between 1995 until 2001, before he left for Turin in a £32million move – at the time a record fee for a goalkeeper – to replace Edwin van der Sar.


The 43-year-old goalkeeper left Juve at the end of the last campaign, where he had been for two decades, either side of a 12-month spell at Paris Saint-Germain in 2018-19.

Parma tweeted the announcement with a video of a man in a black hooded jumper, walking onto the club’s home pitch to dig up an old treasure chest with a Superman t-shirt and Parma jersey, before Buffon revealed himself and said: “I’m back.”


The goalkeeper won 10 Serie A titles and five Coppa Italias in 684 appearances Turin, but his first pieces of silverware came in the 1998-99 season when Parma won the UEFA Cup as well as the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana.


Buffon also spent a year at Paris Saint-Germain – where he won Ligue 1 – in 2018-19, but returned to Juventus the following season after making just 25 appearances for the French side.

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