Monday September 12 2011
Buffon hails Pirlo swoop

Gigi Buffon has revealed that he thanked Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani for allowing Andrea Pirlo to join Juventus.

The midfielder left the Rossoneri in favour of a switch to Juve after his San Siro contract came to an end.

The Bianconeri are already benefiting from his arrival after he set up two goals in the club's 4-1 win over Parma on Sunday.

"When Pirlo told me that he was coming to Juventus the first thing that I told him was 'thank goodness'," stated the goalkeeper.

"Getting a player of his level and worth was the deal of the century – especially as he was also available on a free transfer.

"When I saw him play, I thought 'there is a God' because his footballing skill is really embarrassing," added Buffon.

"I saw Galliani in the summer and I thanked him for making the championship a much more balanced affair."

Pirlo, an international colleague of the custodian, spent a decade with the Rossoneri before opting for the Turin challenge.

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