Buffon has remained rooted in his native Italy through almost 900 club games for Parma and then Juventus and a European record 176 caps for Italy.
Buffon, who played a record 176 times for Italy, has an option to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes for a further season.
New Italy coach Roberto Mancini's first three games in charge have resulted in a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia, 3-1 defeat by France, and 1-1 draw against the Dutch.
Dino Zoff experienced almost everything a footballer can think of, including holding aloft the most coveted trophy as Italy captain in 1982.
Iceland will bring a little bit of missing team Italy to the World Cup in Russia as they compete in their first finals wearing a kit supplied by Italian sportswear firm Errea.
Mancini opted for a 4-3-3 formation with Gianluigi Donnarumma in goal and Sassuolo winger Matteo Politano handed his full debut.
Banega ensured Argentina weren't derailed by Messi's absence as the World Cup contenders clinched a 2-0 win over Italy.
The Azzurri's next competitive fixture isn't until September 7 against Poland in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.
Several current and former footballers, took to social media to express their respect for the Italian captain Buffon.
Buffon's career finished not in Russia but with a humiliating World Cup playoff exit against Sweden at San Siro stadium.
Italy need to overturn a 1-0 play-off first-leg defeat against Sweden at the San Siro on Monday.