July 4, 2020 / 3:37 PM / a month ago

Buffon sets record with 648th Serie A appearance

Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus v Torino - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - July 4, 2020 Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon during the warm up before the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon set a record for the number of Serie A appearances when he played his 648th game in the Italian top flight against Torino on Saturday.

The 42-year-old, who made his Serie A debut for Parma as a 17-year-old in November 1995, overtook the record previously held by former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini.

Buffon stayed with Parma for six seasons, making 168 Serie A appearances, before joining Juventus in 2001. He left the Turin side at the end of the 2017-18 season and joined Paris St Germain, where he spent one season before returning to Juventus.

He also played 37 times in Serie B after Juventus were relegated over the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal in 2006 and 17 times in Ligue 1 with Paris St Germain.

Saturday’s match was his eighth of the season in Serie A and his first this year.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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