Agent: 'Buffon Could Have Joined Barça'

Gianluigi Buffon’s agent admits “there was an agreement between Parma and Barcelona but he chose Juventus”.

The Italian great joined Juventus in 2001 for a fee of €37.5m, but could have played for the Catalan giants, according to his agent, Silvano Martina.

“Yes, it was close,” Silvano Martina confirmed in an interview with TuttoJuve. “There was already an agreement between Parma and Barcelona, but he chose Juventus.”

About Buffon's retirement, Martina said: “He’ll decide when the time comes, which is as it should be. Gigi is doing what he always does, there are years when makes more saves and years when he makes less but he’s very focused."