Paris Saint-Germain has confirmed the signing of veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon on a free transfer following his exit from Juventus
Gianluigi Buffon 40, signed a one-year contract with an option for an additional seasons, just weeks after he was expected to retire from football.
Instead, he will resume his career outside of Serie A for the first time and be tasked with adding his significant experience to PSG as they continue to pursue Champions League success.
The Italian told the club’s official website: ‘It is with a great feeling of happiness that I join Paris Saint-Germain.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.’
Buffon closed out his Juventus career with a seventh consecutive league title.
He will link up with new PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel at Parc des Princes and is likely to compete with Alphonse Areola for a starting place.
Buffon won the World Cup with Italy in 2006 but has famously never managed to win the Champions League, losing the 2003 final to AC Milan, in 2014 to Barcelona and in 2017 to Real Madrid.
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.”
Buffon won nine Serie A titles during his time with Juventus and also tasted World Cup glory with Italy in 2006.
He also finished in second in the Ballon d’Or in 2006 and has won 12 Serie A goalkeeper of the year awards.
Buffon is expected to act as a mentor for Alphonse Areola before serving as an ambassador for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.