Saturday, 7 July 2018

Buffon Joins PSG, Ending His 17-year Stint At Juventus

Legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon joined France's Paris Saint-Germain on Friday, putting an end to Juventus' 17-year career.

Buffon joined the Ligue 1 champions for a one-year contract with an option for another season, according to reports.

While talking on the club's website on his move, he said; "For the first time in my career, I leave my country and only such an ambitious project could have encouraged me to make such a decision.
"I want to thank the club and the president for their confidence, and for following the incredible progress of the club in recent years, I know what Paris Saint-Germain and its fans have in mind.
"I am going to bring all my energy, experience and thirst to win to help my new club achieve all the big goals it has set for the future.

"With my team-mates and supporters, we will share fantastic emotions at Parc des Princes and in all the stages where we will represent Paris, a wonderful city that deserves one day to see its club at the top of international football."

Buffon, 40, was free after the expiry of his contract at Juventus on June 30. He was due to retire before the end of the Serie A season, but he changed his mind when the other offers started pouring in.

The shot is widely seen that Buffon takes one last chance to win the Champions League, the only prestigious trophy that has escaped him during his illustrious career.

Buffon played 656 games for Juventus in 17 seasons, including one in Serie B when they were relegated after the Calciopoli scandal.

In almost two decades with Juventus, Buffon has won nine Scudetti (not counting the two titles stripped in 2005 and 2006) and four Coppa Italia trophies. He also lifted the 2006 World Cup with Italy.

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