Gianluigi Buffon has stated that he could play until 2023, although he has not ruled out retiring at the end of the 2020-21 season.

Buffon returned to Juventus in 2019 after a year at Paris Saint-Germain and has since taken over as the club’s backup goalkeeper behind Wojciech Szczesny.

The 43-year-old, who signed a one-year contract extension last summer, says he could continue his career for another two years, though he could retire at the end of the current season.

“Look, there is a final stop sign, a maximum bar in my brain, which is June 2023,” Buffon told The Guardian.

“That is the pinnacle, the pinnacle of the pinnacle of the pinnacle of the pinnacle of the pinnacle But in four months, I might stop playing.”

Since Andrea Pirlo was appointed head coach in August, Buffon has only made 10 appearances for Juventus in all competitions.

His most recent appearance was in a Serie A match against Crotone on February 22, when he kept his fifth clean sheet of the season as the Bianconeri won 3-0.

The Italian shot-stopper also started both legs of Juve’s Coppa Italia semi-final victory over Inter, and will most likely keep his place in the final against Atalanta in May after also appearing in the quarter-finals and round of 16 in the competition.

Buffon has spent 20 of his 26 years in the professional game with Juventus, where he has appeared in 681 games.

During that time, the World Cup winner has won 21 trophies, including 10 Serie A titles, and has played in three Champions League finals.


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