Buffon hints at playing until he is 50

first_imgGianluigi Buffon is showing no sign of slowing down at the age of 40, with the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper suggesting that he could still have 10 years left in the tank.The legendary Italian decided to prolong his playing career over the summer when making a move to France.After 17 years as an iconic figure at Juventus, the World Cup winner opted to shelve retirement plans and take on a new challenge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He is now refusing to set a date for the hanging up of his gloves, with a veteran performer determined to make the most of every opportunity he gets – even if that means playing until he is 50.Buffon told L’Equipe’s Sport & Style magazine: “I’ve learned in recent years that it would be a mistake to set a limit.“At 32 I thought I’d play until 35. After that, circumstances dictated that I keep playing. Then I said to myself: ‘I’ll stop at 38’. But at 38 I said: ‘I’ll stop at 40’.“Life has made it so that I’m still here today, I could stop in six months, a year or 10 years and I don’t want to ask, I don’t want to know.“I’m sure that the emotions and the life I’ve had, even in the dressing room, are not something I can find elsewhere. I’m not sure that a normal player would have lived this life the way I have.“You have to accept that life has several phases, and you must never be surprised. So, I know that one day it’ll happen, and I won’t be taken by surprise.“But I also know that everything will be completely different.”The deal Buffon penned with PSG upon arriving at Parc des Princes in July includes a 12-month option to take him through the 2019-20 campaign.He has already taken in six outings for the Ligue 1 giants this season, although he does face fierce competition for places from talented France international Alphonse Areola.last_img read more

Everton fined by UEFA over fan trouble

first_imgEverton Everton fined €30,000 over fan trouble against Lyon Jamie Smith 00:21 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Everton Getty Images Everton UEFA Europa League Everton v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique Lyonnais After a Toffees fan appeared to strike opposition goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, the Premier League side have been fined Everton have been fined €30,000 (£26,656) after crowd trouble during last month’s Europa League game against Lyon at Goodison Park.After Everton defender Ashley Williams clashed with Lyon’s Anthony Lopes, a fan in the Everton end – who was holding a child – appeared to strike the goalkeeper on the forehead.Everton confirmed they would ban the supporter involved in the incident, but a UEFA charge has led to the Premier League club being issued with a fine. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body confirmed on Wednesday that Everton have been ordered to pay €30,000 due to “aggressions by supporters against players”.A statement from Everton released at the time said: “Club officials have reviewed the footage of an incident that occurred in the 64th minute of the game against Olympique Lyonnais where supporters towards the front of the lower Gwladys Street End became involved in a confrontation between players.”We have identified one individual whom action will now be taken against. This will include a ban from attending future Everton fixtures and the club registering a formal complaint with Merseyside Police.”last_img read more