Gianluigi Buffon ‘agrees new deal’ to take Juventus veteran into 26th season

Gianluigi Buffon has agreed to a new deal with Juventus which will take him into his 26th season as a senior professional, according to reports from Italy.

The goalkeeping legend has already set a string of individual records over his career, including the joint-most Serie A appearances of any player (647), the most Serie A appearances as a goalkeeper and the most appearances for Italy (176).

Add to that his list of honours, which includes nine Serie A titles, five Coppas Italia and the World Cup, and many argue that the 42-year-old is the greatest goalkeeper of all time.

But the former Parma man is not quite ready to hang up his boots just yet, as Fabrizio Romano reports he is ready to extend his contract until the end of the 2020-21 season, alongside fellow veteran Giorgio Chiellini.

And Italian newspaper Tuttosport go one further, claiming that Buffon has already agreed to the new deal which would mean he is still playing at the age of 43.

The Italy great may be motivated to win the one trophy which has alluded him throughout his career – the Champions League.

Buffon has played in three Champions League finals but lost each time – in 2003 to AC Milan, in 2015 to Barcelona and in 2017 to Real Madrid.

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