Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon plans to continue playing for another year after setting a new record
‘I’ll stay here until I’m at least 43’: Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon plans to keep playing for at least another year after setting a new Serie A appearance record
- Gianluigi Buffon says he plans to continue playing until he is at least 43 years old
- Buffon recently broke Paolo Maldini’s record for most Serie A appearances
- The 42-year-old has played for Juventus 648 times when he entered his 16th season
- The Italian is also the second oldest player to play in the Champions League
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon plans to keep playing until he is ‘at least 43’ after setting a new Serie A appearance record.
Buffon broke Paolo Maldini’s record for most Serie A appearances during Juve’s 4-1 win over Torino.
Buffon broke the record 648 times for Juve when he entered his 16th straight season in the club’s black and white colors.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he plans to keep playing until he is at least 43 years old
The Italian is also the second-oldest player to ever play in the Champions League, chasing the record of 43 years and 252 days against Marco Ballotta.
Speaking of breaking Maldini’s record, Buffon said Sky Sports Italia: “I had to wait a long time for this record, but that was no problem.”
‘We are currently playing a lot of games. It’s a delicate time of the season and the pressure I felt was only at stake.
“Now I am very happy, but the thought of the record never touched me. At the beginning of my career, I was carefree and easy going.
Buffon broke Paolo Maldini’s record for most Serie A appearances after playing 648 times
“I had a lot of dreams and, driven by my approach of never being satisfied with myself, I came here. Breaking Del Piero’s attendance record for Juve is not one of my goals. I don’t play for these things because I practically retired two years ago.
“Then came PSG and then the chance to come back here and feel good.
“I realize that if I have the right motivation, I can play a number of games without any problems, while I give excellent answers on the field.
The 42-year-old goalkeeper enters his 16th season with Serie A giants Juventus
“I’ll stay here until I’m at least 43, but since I’m 40, I’ve been taking things monthly.
“I have to keep an eye on the situation and always be ready to take a step back when the key element is missing, ie the ability to play at the top.
“As soon as I feel I have reached that point, I step aside. As long as I’m motivated and in the right shape, it’s good to keep playing because there is nothing that makes me happier than playing football games. ‘