Parma announced the return of Gianluigi Buffon in spectacular fashion – with the Italian legend featuring in a Superman-style video.
Buffon rejoined his boyhood club after 20 years away, having left the club back in 2001 to join Juventus.
The 43-year-old said back in March that he would not play beyond 2023 – meaning he could end his career with his boyhood club.
Parma will play in Serie B next season, having been relegated from the Italian top flight in this campaign.
They announced Buffon’s return to the club in brilliant fashion.
The video shows a mysterious figure dressed in dark clothing pass through the gates of Parma’s home stadium, before picking up a shovel and digging up part of the area surrounding the goalline.
A locked box is then picked up from the ensuing hole in the ground which, when opened, reveals a Superman shirt and a Parma home shirt.
After confirming that he was in the stadium, the man lifts up his hood to reveal himself – and it is, of course, Buffon.
Check the video out below:
Buffon’s later career
Buffon last played in Serie B back in 2006/07, after Juventus were relegated from the top flight as a result of the Calciopoli scandal that rocked Italian football.
Juve immediately went up as champions despite an initial nine-point deduction, and won Serie A for seven consecutive seasons starting from 2011/12.
Buffon left the club to join Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2018, where he stayed for a season before returning to Juve.
He had mostly featured as backup to Wojciech Szczesny since his return, before sealing the move to Parma.
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