Gianluigi Buffon Finally Unveils His New Club

Municipal Stadium's staff hold PSG's flag just before the French Ligue 1 soccer match.

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Gianluigi Buffon has completed his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

Buffon announced his emotional departure from Juventus towards the end of last season. During his 17-year stint, the Italian maestro made 656 appearances for the Old Lady, winning almost everything except the Champions League.

Buffon is well respected amongst the fans mainly because he stayed with the club after they were relegated to the Serie B following a betting scandal.

There were reports that the Italian was offered an off-field job at Juventus, but the goalkeeper did not intend to stop playing just yet.

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On Friday, Buffon was unveiled by Paris Saint-Germain in some fashion. The nine-time Serie A champion signed a one-year deal with the Parisian outfit, with an option to extend for a further year.


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In his first interview for PSG, Buffon vowed to give his everything to achieve the goals set for the future, by stating: “I am going to bring all my energy, all my experience and all of my thirst to win to help my new club achieve all the great objectives it has set out for the future.

“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.”

The Italian goalkeeper would have loved to complete his trophy-set at Juventus last season, but Real Madrid spoiled the party in the UCL quarter-finals.

Moreover, Italy had to cancel their tickets to Russia as well, as Sweden knocked them during the last stage of the World Cup qualifiers.

Buffon’s arrival at PSG will cast a shadow on Kevin Trapp’s future at the club. First choice Alphonse Areola will be facing some competition from the 40-year-old, but will also get to learn a lot from the legend.

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