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Wednesday July 11 2018
Buffon cannot rue PSG move

The 2006 World Cup winner surprised many with his Paris Saint-Germain move, but Nick Valerio believes it was the best decision for goalkeeper and Juventus.

It is ironic that in the same week Gianluigi Buffon signed for Paris Saint-Germain to continue his Champions League dream, Juventus should bring in Cristiano Ronaldo, the man who has made European glory seem de rigeur.

After 17 trophy-laden years with the Italian giants, legendary shot-stopper Buffon called time on not only his illustrious Bianconeri career, but his time in Italy at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

The 40-year-old has finally put pen to paper on a short-term deal with French heavyweights PSG, and a new challenge awaits the veteran. For Buffon, the chance to continue his playing days at such a big club could not be ignored, and while Juventus will surely be in the running for another domestic double (or even a Treble), so too will his new employers.

It will be the European stage that determines the success of the move. The Tuscan native leaves behind a side who have twice come agonisingly close in recent years in their attempt at winning the Champions League. At PSG, the European aspirations are similar, and it will be another summer of heavy investment in Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s quest to win the biggest club honour on the continent.

From a playing perspective, while Buffon may be entering his 23rd season as a professional, he is undoubtedly still good enough to perform at a high level, particularly in a league where the Parisians have total dominance.

Sure, the goalkeeper will face difficult encounters against the likes of Monaco, Marseille and Lyon, but it will be in Europe where he is truly tested. Furthermore, the ex-Bianconeri custodian has not made any glaring errors over the last couple of seasons and deserves another shot at the only honour that has eluded him. Buffon’s game time will be managed efficiently, and he won’t be expected to play 50 games in all competitions.

Ultimately, much will depend on how the Parma youth graduate’s teams past and present fare between August and May.

With Real Madrid superstar and five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo officially joining Juventus, it would be easy for the Italian to have regrets, particularly with the Portuguese’s outstanding European form.

Ronaldo can be a game changer, instantly making Juventus one of three favourites for Champions League glory. Equally, Buffon’s presence will elevate PSG. He is a bona fide legend of the game, a player who will not accept below-par performances from his team-mates, and the new association with the prodigious talent of Kylian Mbappé and record buy Neymar could lead to a fitting swansong of an historic career.

Have your say...
He will be successful where ever he goes because he truly is G.O.A.T but just like Totti should have retired two seasons before he did, i feel Buffon should have retired at the end of this season. I don't know what it is with players nowadays they don't know when to call it quits.
on the 14th July, 2018 at 10:37pm
What a strange title.

It would have been beautiful if Buffon and Ronaldo play for the same team, but some things are not meant to be.

Good luck to Gigi wherever he lands in life. He will always be a legend.
on the 12th July, 2018 at 12:03pm
He should rue his PSG move now that we have Ronaldo. Buffon loves being dominated by Ronaldo, he’s always going on about ronaldo scoring against him. It must be killing him knowing he just left the team where the best player in the world just went to. On top of that Madrid will be taking either Neymar or Mbappe.

In his defence though he wants a CL. it’s different for iniesta, he won about 20 with Barca.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 4:44pm
@Hypocrisy - Politics & Football

We all know by now that those titles that was revoked should not have been. FIGC them self said that. All teams in Serie A had contact with the referee's some even more than others like Inter, and Milan, but only Juve got truly punished. So yeah your the definition of hypocrisy. Ironic isn't it...
on the 11th July, 2018 at 12:52pm
Don't care. Retire already!
on the 11th July, 2018 at 12:15pm
@Hypocrisy - Politics & Football. -- Nah, Buffon won't claim PSG have more titles than they have, because Ligue 1 doesn't have an Inter-Trophy-Stealing-Milan.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 12:01pm
Will he claim PSG have won a few more titles than they actually have?
on the 11th July, 2018 at 8:59am
I have loved Buffon since his first match for Parma, and loved him even more when he joined Juve, and when I met him in 2009 in South Africa. He was my favourite player for years, and his legendary status cannot be forgotten. That being said, though, I don't agree with his move to PSG. They might end up playing Juve. He should have done the honourable thing Iniesta did and gone to play for a club that won't play Juve (China or USA). Not a great way to end....
on the 11th July, 2018 at 8:14am
best of luck to buffon. he will always be a juve legend. every man has a right to do what they please but I think he should have retired. for a few years now his reflexes have been waning. the alaba goal, casemeiro goal, erikson goal. my fear is that he could tarnish his reputation because if he makes one or two high profile mistakes I don't think the psg fans will be too kind.
on the 11th July, 2018 at 8:10am
Best of luck, legend!
on the 11th July, 2018 at 2:41am

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