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Gianluigi Buffon Made His Professional Debut 23 Years Ago Today

Josh Lawless

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Gianluigi Buffon Made His Professional Debut 23 Years Ago Today

23 years ago today, Gianluigi Buffon made his professional debut for Parma and kicked off a glittering career in between the sticks.

Buffon was just 17 years of age at the time and had the difficulty task of thwarting a wonderful AC Milan side brimming with quality.


However, he displayed maturity beyond his years and managed to keep a clean sheet in a goalless draw. One of the Rossoneri stars Buffon thwarted back in 1995 was George Weah, who won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year.

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Fast forward to the present day and Buffon is teammates with Weah's 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. But instead of retiring from football altogether despite a behind the scenes role being mooted, Italy's most capped player has moved on to a new challenge in the French capital.

Image: PA
Image: PA

The World Cup winner is still going strong at 40, making eight appearances in all competitions for his new employers.

Buffon still has a chance to finally lift the Champions League trophy that slipped through his grasp on so many occasions.

Topics: Football News, Parma, Football, Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus, Italy

Josh Lawless
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