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Buffon reveals shocking plan for retirement

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The goalkeeping legend is not planning to hang his gloves anytime soon.

Gianluigi Buffon has opened up on his plans for retirement, suggesting he might play for another 11 years. 

The 44-year-old signed a new season-long deal at Parma earlier this summer. A year after returning to the Serie B side, Buffon has revealed he might continue playing well into his 50s. 

The World Cup winner told reporters: “I could retire at 55. I spent 10 years at Parma in my first life, then 20 at Juventus.

“I’ve been thinking about retirement for 10 years, but I’ve always continued.

“I’ve had important experiences that helped me to know the world of football, but I am not sure I will remain in this world after retirement. Perhaps I could try something else.”

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During his remarkable career, Buffon has played with some of the best players in the world.

He was a teammate of Cristiano Ronaldo during his second spell at Juve. However, he is reluctant to compare the Portuguese icon to Lionel Messi.

“I’ve never played with Messi, so I can’t reply,” he added.

“I am telling you, champions are also seen inside the dressing room.

“You must focus on the men rather than the footballers. When people talk about the best player of all time, they should consider that football has changed and that we’re helped to perform better.

“It’s unfair to question Pele, [Diego] Maradona or [Johan] Cruyff. If you have sportsmanship, you must be ready to admit that you’ve been the best player along with others.”