Italy’s legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has signed a one-year deal with Paris Saint Germain (PSG) with an option to extend it by another year. Buffon had an illustrious 17-year stint with Italian giants Juventus. He had signed for Juventus from Parma in July 2001 for €52 million, in what remains to be the most expensive deal for the goalkeeper till date. Also Read - Gianluigi Buffon Draws Messi-Ronaldo Parallels In Federer-Nadal
Speaking to PSG’s official website, the 40-year-old said, “It is with a great feeling of happiness that I join Paris Saint-Germain.” Also Read - Pele Backs Kylian Mbappe to Become Best Player of His Generation, Says French Forward Can Emulate His Tally of 1000 Goals
“For the first time in my career, I am leaving my country and only a project this ambitious could have encouraged me to make such a decision. I want to thank the club and the president for their confidence. To have followed the club’s incredible progression in recent years, I know what dreams Paris Saint-Germain and its fans have in their hearts.” he added. Also Read - Manchester City Striker Gabriel Jesus Reflects on His Dipped Form Following World Cup Campaign
Buffon trained at Parma and started his career there, making his professional debut in 1995 at the age of 17, the beginning of one of the most stunning careers in world football. In 2001, his move became the biggest transfer in the history of goalkeepers when he joined Juventus.
Elected best goalkeeper of the beginning of the 21st century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, Buffon figured, once again at the end of 2017, in FIFA’s Best XI which honored the best players of 2017 which also included Neymar Jr. and Dani Alves.
Buffon made his international debut for the Azzurri as a 19-year-old in a 1998 World Cup play-off victory over Russia. And last year, he announced his retirement from international football after Italy, the four-time champions, failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup for the first time in 60 years. Club and international appearances combined, Buffon has played 1 051 official matches and won 23 trophies.