Goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon has returned to Parma twenty years after leaving the Italian membership who have been relegated final season.
“He’s again the place he belongs, he’s again dwelling. Superman returns,” the membership stated on Twitter together with a brief video wherein 43-year-old Buffon stated: “OK Kyle (Krause) I am in. I am again.”
Membership proprietor Kyle Krause replied: “Nice information, welcome dwelling.”
Buffon holds the file for Serie A matches performed with 657, since his first with Parma in 1995 as a 17-year-old.
Since then, Buffon has performed only one season in Serie B when Juventus have been demoted in 2006-2007 for the ‘Calciopoli’ match-fixing scandal.
The previous World Cup winner introduced final month he was leaving Juventus, the membership he had performed for since transferring from Parma in 2001, other than one season with Paris Saint-Germain in 2018-2019.
Buffon performed his remaining recreation for Juventus within the Coppa Italia remaining the place he lifted the trophy for the sixth time.
It was his 685th recreation for Juventus and his twenty seventh profession trophy, together with the 2006 World Cup.
Former Italy captain Buffon is an iconic determine in Italian soccer, one of many stars of the Azzurri’s 2006 World Cup triumph who racked up a file 176 caps for his nation.
Buffon received 10 Serie A titles with Juventus, in addition to 5 Italian Cups with the membership and second-tier Serie B in 2007.
He additionally received Ligue 1 with PSG in 2018-2019 earlier than returning to the Turin giants. He received he UEFA Cup again in 1999 with Parma.
Nonetheless, he has by no means received the Champions League after dropping finals with Juve in 2003, 2015 and 2017.
Buffon has reportedly signed a two-year cope with the Emilia-Romagna aspect with a assure of being captain and primary goalkeeper and having a task within the membership when his profession ends.
Parma have been taken over by the US Krause Group final September.
The membership have been amongst Italy’s prime golf equipment within the Nineteen Nineties beneath the possession of dairy firm Parmalat, profitable three main European titles.
After Parmalat collapsed in 2003 following an enormous monetary fraud, the membership went bankrupt. They sunk to Serie D in 2015.
Three successive promotions put them again within the prime flight in 2018. They have been relegated after ending backside of the league final season with 83 objectives conceded in 38 video games.