PSG Complete Signing of Veteran, Gigi Buffon
Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon has joined Paris St-Germain on a free transfer in a move that will see the veteran remain at the French club for the next 12 months.
The 40-year-old left Juventus at the end of last season, ending a 17-year stay at a club where he played 656 times.
Buffon, who won the 2006 FIFA World Cup with the Azzurri, joins the reigning French Ligue 1 champions after his contract with the Old Lady ended in June.
The nine-time Serie A winner was rumoured to be offered an off-field role at Juve but has signed a one-year deal with the French champions with the option for a further 12 months.
“I know what dreams PSG and its fans have in their hearts,” he said.
“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.”
“With my teammates and our supporters, we will share fantastic emotions at the Parc des Princes and in all of the stadiums in which we are going to represent Paris, a marvellous city that deserves to one day see its club at the top of international football.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “We all feel an immense pride in welcoming Gianluigi Buffon into the great Paris Saint-Germain family.
“The immensity of his career, as well as his ambitious personality, unifying and elegant, make him one of the most admired and respected players in world football.
“At 40 years old, his passion for football is intact and Gianluigi has found the ideal environment in our project to set himself extremely high objectives transmitting his experience, not only to the other goalkeepers at the club, but to all of our players.
“Our supporters will know how to welcome Buffon with the enthusiasm and love that he deserves.
“His arrival reaffirms our will to always go higher, an ambition that we intend to pursue with a determination just as strong.”
However, Buffon has never won the UEFA Champions League trophy in his illustrious career and will be hoping that he can deliver the title while playing alongside the likes of Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe in Paris.