Parma’s All-Time Greatest XI As They Are Dissolved And Relegated From Serie A

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As a tribute to the club that was, here is their all-time great XI

Reports in Italy which came out yesterday suggest that Serie A giants Parma have now been dissolved after they racked up debts of €197 million, with players and staff having gone without pay for the majority of the season and their weekend game against Udinese postponed at the 11th hour.

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In tribute to the once proud side, we have put together their finest all-time XI:

Gianluigi Buffon

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Buffon won a UEFA Cup, Coppa Italia and an Italian Super Cup before being sold on to Juventus for £32 million and is still the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.

Antonio Benarrivo

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Made 258 Serie A appearances for the Italian outfit over 13 years. Though he never won a Scudetto, he played a massive part in the title chases before leaving in 2004 amidst financial crisis.

Fabio Cannavaro

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Bought from Napoli as ‘one for the future’ before working his way up to be club captain at Parma. Later went on to be one of the most decorated players in world football, winning the 2006 Ballon D’Or following Italy’s World Cup win. Won the UEFA Cup and twice won the Coppa Italia before his €23 million transfer to Inter Milan.

Lorenzo Minotti

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Club captain of the early 90s who was key in Parma’s promotion to the top flight. Capped at international level by Italy eight times, but struggled with injuries in his later career.

Lilian Thuram

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An integral part of Parma’s backline after signing from Monaco in 1996, later going on to make a big impression on the world stage at Juventus and Barcelona. Capped 142 times by France, with whom he won the World Cup and European Championships, he was sold for £23 million in 2001 and left a huge hole in Parma’s back four.

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