Serie A: Gianluigi Buffon signs contract extension with Juventus


Juventus legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has signed a new contract with the Serie A champions, the new deal will run out at the end of the 2017-2018 season. Buffon, now aged 38, had joined Juventus in 2001 and is celebrating his fifth consecutive league title with the Bianconeri. He is still the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football as Juventus paid £32m to Parma for his transfer.

"I hope my fantastic story with this club will go on and bring even further success," said Buffon. Another veteran of the team, 35-year-old defender Andrea Barzagli, has also extended his contract with the club until 2018. However, Barzagli has announced that he will retire from international football after Euro 2016.

Gianluigi Buffon has a record 156 caps for the Italian national team and has no intention of leaving international football behind. He is hoping to compete at the 2018 World Cup and then contemplate retirement at the age of 40. He has won seven Serie A titles, plus another two crowns that were stripped following the Calciopoli scandal that has seen Juventus get relegated to the Serie B. He was one of the few club stars that agreed to remain at Juventus during the season that they spent in the second tier of Italian football.

Juventus could do the domestic double if they capture the Coppa Italia at the end of this season, they face AC Milan in the final on May 21st and they are 2/5 at Bet365 to win it.

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  • Serbia king_david

    11/5/16

    Great news for Juventus! Gianluigi Buffon is a legend, a great goalkeeper, he helped the team to win a lot of trophies. The next two years he will continue to be a key player. He has 38 years but there are now goalkeeper who can compete with him. One day Juventus will be in big trouble when he decides to leave the team.

  • Serbia h34dhunt3r

    12/5/16

    This is how you threat legends. Gianluigi Buffon has at least few more years of high level football infront of him, as he will always be one of the top worlds goalkeepers. Juventus probably regrets how they threated Alessandro Del Piero, so case like that wont be happening again. For all I know, since I started watching football 10-15 years ago, Buffon was always number one in both Juventus and Italy national squad, and I can't even imagine things being any different.

  • Slovenia mannixx

    12/5/16

    What a goalkeeper , tru living legend. Great decision from Juventus managment they appreciate their legend and loyalty from Buffon in hard times when Juventus got relegated becouse fixing games scandal. HE will retire after world cup 2018 in Russia, and this will be his 6th world cup campaign.

  • Serbia urkesh0rk

    13/5/16

    Great great Gianluigi Buffon. Best goalkeeper in 21th centry for sure, number one goalkeeper for Juve and Italy for all I know. As mannixx said a tru living legend. This is good job by Juventus board, they understand what a legend he is and that he still has few years of good goal keeping infront of him. I love italy, and i will cheering for them this summer just cause Buffon to be honest with you.

  • Alexa Alexa

    16/5/16

    I am always happy when I read news like this.Gianluigi Buffon is a true legend and definitely one of the greatest goalkeepers ever.He deserved new contract,because he is still one of the best keepers in the world.This is also proof of how Juventus big club is ,because they are respecting their legends.

  • Bulgaria sharpe

    4/7/16

    Its a fantastic story and I'm sure all the Juventus fans all over the world will be really happy of this news because Bufon is just the legend of the team and I guess they don't want to see him go even at 40.
    It's not so unusual for a gk to play till so late so could only congrats him and who knows if this would be his last season at all.

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