The Italian shot-stopper has committed to fresh terms at Ennio Tardini Stadium through to 2024

Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is set to play until he is 46 after signing a new contract at Parma.

Buffon returned to Parma for a second spell in June last year, 20 years on from his initial departure to Juventus.

The Italy international has since won back the No 1 jersey and already has 23 Serie B appearances under his belt this season, and the club have decided to reward him with a fresh contract.

Parma president Kyle Krause announced Buffons renewal at a press conference on Monday, telling reporters: “I have great news,Gigi has renewed his contract until 2024. He is a great player, a pride for us: Gigi has a great passion for Parma, we are very happy for his support and his commitment.”

???? @gianluigibuffon rinnova con il @1913parmacalcio fino al 2024! Lannuncio e arrivato nella conferenza odierna del presidente @Kyle_J_Krause pic.twitter.com/YhwF3Gq3A1

Buffon made his debut for Parma at the age of 17 in 1995, and became the worlds most expensive goalkeeper when Juventus signed him for £23 million ($31m) six years later.

The Italian shot-stopper then helped the Bianconeri win nine Serie A titles over the next 17 years and became a World Cup winner with his country.

PSG managed to prise him away from Turin for the 2018-19 season and he added a Ligue 1 crown to his CV, but then returned to the Allianz Stadium on a free transfer.

Buffon won another Scudetto and Coppa Italia before leaving Juve last summer and retracing his steps to Ennio Tardini Stadium, and the 44-year-old will hope he can lead Parma back into Serie A before his new deal expires in 2024.

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