Gianluigi Buffon Dreams Of Playing Football Until He's 80

Gianluigi Buffon is now 41 years of age but still has the same undying passion for football that he had when he was 17.

The Italian legend did actually ponder retirement in the summer after ending his lengthy, glittering stint in Turin but embarked an adventure in Paris instead, making 16 appearances in all competitions for Thomas Tuchel's side.

He's now in his 24rd year as a professional, 'Gigi' is dreaming of still playing until he's old and fully grey.

"I'm still dreaming at 41," he told La Stampa.

"When you dream, it's nice to see yourself in so many different situations. I need enthusiasm. Last year I thought about retiring but it created too much negativity.

"That's why I dream about staying on the field until I'm 80, when I'm an old man in goal with a walking stick and the No.1 on my back."

Buffon made his professional bow as a rookie against the mighty AC Milan all the way back in 1995.

Image: PA
Image: PA

However, he displayed maturity beyond his years and managed to keep a clean sheet, thwarting Rossoneri star and 1995 Ballon d'Or winner George Weah.

Fast forward to the present day and Buffon has played in the same team Weah's 18-year old son Timothy at PSG, while the 52-year old is now the president of Liberia.

Gigi' would go on to win both the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup with Parma before joining Juventus in a world-record deal for a goalkeeper in 2001.

He spent 17 glorious years at the Bianconeri before bowing out with a record ninth Scudetto victory last season.

And his decision to continue playing over in France with PSG gives him one last chance of winning the Champions League crown that has evaded him on so many occasions.

"I say thank you for all the emotion that the Champions League has given me," Buffon told The Telegraph.

"But I hope to have another opportunity to win it because it would be the perfect end to my career."

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