Gianluigi Buffon is considering retirement as he prepares to leave Juventus. But the 43-year-old is up for another wild adventure and isn’t ruled out a chance to win a place in Italy’s World Cup squad in 2022.
A modern-day legend’s second spell in Turin is coming to an end, with no new contracts set to be signed at the Allianz Stadium.
As he prepares to join the free-agent pool, Buffon has already confessed to getting offers, and the seasoned performer could be tempted to extend his illustrious career, with numerous obstacles now being considered.
What has been said:
Buffon spoke to Rai Sport about his prospects after Juve won a record-tying sixth Coppa Italia, beating Atalanta in the final of that tournament in 2021.
“It has to come to an end. I am 43 years old, and at this age, you must make decisions that might seem controversial, odd, or even insane, but I am 43 because that little spark of madness made me dream in every moment of my life. If I can imagine and recharge myself with new horizons, projects, and challenges, I am content. Might not win, but that isn’t what I care about. I never played for trophies; played to go on adventures and test myself. That is the very heart of my being. I also need to push myself, to travel, and to discover my body’s, energy’s, and essence’s limits,” I said last week that I have no idea what will happen. I might even retire because I am a happy man with a wonderful family.
However, if someone much crazier than me calls me and imagines anything even more fantastic. I will pursue them because that is what life is all about.”
The 2006 World Cup winner has never shied away from an obstacle. And he admits that he may be tempted to slip down to Serie C. And work his way back up before calling it a day. Buffon could put himself in line to add to his 176 caps for Italy. If he continues to play at his current level. He’s not leaving anything out, with a willingness to play in another major tournament. The Azzurri narrowly missed out on World Cup qualifying in 2018.