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Gianluigi Buffon Didn't Have A PSG Debut To Remember

Gianluigi Buffon Didn't Have A PSG Debut To Remember

We're all a bit afraid of change and some changes are a little weirder than others, like Gianluigi Buffon playing for someone who isn't Juventus and the legendary goalkeeper hasn't had the best of starts to life away from Italy.

17 years ago Gianluigi Buffon became the most expensive goalkeeper of all time and nearly two decades later no one has broken the record set when he moved from Parma.

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At the end of last season the Old Lady decided they weren't going to renew Buffon's contract, he is 40 after all, and the former World Cup winner was expected to call it a day but instead he's carried on and moved to PSG.

The Parisians are as desperate to win the Champions League as the legendary keeper and have been unable to find someone they want in between the sticks for the last few years.

So with Buffon in net they'll be expecting a big upturn in fortunes when it comes to the premier club competition on the continent but if that's to happen they'll need more than his debut.

The 12 time Serie A goalkeeper of the season made his debut against Chambly today and gave away a penalty after five minutes, which was scored, before getting taken off at half-time with the Ligue 1 champions trailing 2-0.

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Buffon after signing for PSG. Image: PA Images
Buffon after signing for PSG. Image: PA Images

Things only got a bit better for PSG after Buffon had been taken off at the break with them drawing 2-2 in the second 45 minutes and losing the match 4-2.

Obviously quite a lot of the players haven't returned from their break after playing in the World Cup and only Buffon and midfielder Adrien Rabiot from the first team were available to play.

Of course if Buffon's main target in Paris is to win the Champions League then he won't have the most perfect start to that objective.

His most recent contribution to the competition was getting sent off in the semi-final against Real Madrid in the last minute for shouting at the referee. That has given him a three match ban so will miss the early rounds.

It's unlikely that things can get much worse than his debut though.

Topics: Football News, Ligue 1, PSG, Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus, Transfer news, France

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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