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Following his Scudetto triumph the 34-year-old goalkeeper has been selected to represent the union of Italian football players despite continuing to play professionally

Juventus icon Gianlugi Buffon has been elected to the prestigious position of vice-president of the Italian Players' Union (AIC).

He will join current president and former Roma midfielder Damiano Tommasi, with the pair aiming to change the image of players in Italy.

"The players know they are role models for many people, but often lack the tools to become ambassadors of a positive message," Tommasi told Ansa.

Buffon, who has enjoyed a superb season for the Bianconeri and helped guide his side to a 28th official league tittle, added his own sentiments.

"I think there are foundations to relaunch the image of football altogether."

Over 2,000 professionals are linked to the union that will now be represented by the World Cup and three-time Scudetto winner.