The professional football career of Gianluigi Buffon is one that has spanned nearly a quarter of a century. Indeed, it could be about to reach that historic milestone over the coming months.
The 41-year-old has been omnipresent in the world of football since the mid-nineties, and he could be about the stretch his career on the pitch into a fourth decade if he confirm his commitment to PSG in the coming days.
The legendary goalkeeper joined Paris club from Juventus after the Italian side secured a seventh successive Scudetto title, but failed again in their quest to win the elusive Champions League, a title that has eluded the club since 1996.
🇮🇹 Le persone che non soffrono mai non possono crescere né sapere chi sono (James Baldwin).
🇫🇷 Les gens qui ne souffrent pas ne peuvent jamais grandir, ni savoir qui ils sont.
🇬🇧 People who cannot suffer can never grow up, nor discover who they are.#ICICESTPARIS #AllezParis pic.twitter.com/M2v0jqB2lq
— Gianluigi Buffon (@gianluigibuffon) April 21, 2019
Buffon has won almost every title in the game, at both domestic and international level, though a Champions League winners medal remains absent from an otherwise impressive trophy cabinet.
Not to worry, the hunt for the missing title could continue next season after the French champions' disappointing exit from European competition to Manchester United this year.
Speaking to Sky Uno, Buffon said that he is happy the club offered him an extension on his contract.
The club has offered me an extension, which makes me really happy. We will look in a few days to examine this project and see if we both believe that it is good to continue together.
It's going well in Paris. I have exceptional life experience at 41-years-old. I arrived convinced that I would be involved as a player and as a person, and I found what I came for.
While the Italian hasn't confirmed he will continue playing next season, the signs are looking positive for his fans. Perhaps one last push for Europe's biggest prize will sway him to keep the gloves on.