You can’t mention longevity in football without featuring arguably the most iconic goalkeeper in the sport’s history, Gianluigi Buffon. The fact the 44-year-old has signed a contract extension at Parma until 2024 perfectly backs that up.
Buffon debuted for Parma aged 17 in 1995 before enjoying a career, including two stints at Juventus and a spell at PSG, that will have spanned across three decades by the time he retires. There aren’t many names you could consider to be in the Italian icon’s bracket when it comes to maintaining such a high level of performance for such a long period.
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