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Gianluigi Buffon Says Goodbye To Juventus With Emotional Farewell Message

Gianluigi Buffon Says Goodbye To Juventus With Emotional Farewell Message

The World Cup winner and Italy legend is heading to PSG after his contract with the Serie A champions wasn't renewed

Ryan Sidle

Ryan Sidle

A world where Gianluigi Buffon isn't a Juventus player is pretty difficult to get my head around but as of tomorrow that will officially be the case with the Italian moving to PSG.

In 2001, after six years as Parma's number one, Gianluigi Buffon became the most expensive goalkeeper of all time when he moved to Serie A rivals Juventus for €52 million, replacing Edwin van der Saar who moved to Fulham.

You could say the rest is history with the goalie going on to become one of the most recognisable names in football and winning pretty much everything, despite his failure to win the Champions League.

At 40 it was expected that this season would be Buffon's last to win the continent's biggest prize and when the Old Lady lost to Real Madrid to follow Italy not making the World Cup it looked like his career would be over with a whimper.

However it now seems that he will join PSG next season with the French club's ultimate goal also to be to win the Champions League for the first time.

Officially his contract ends tomorrow and it wouldn't be like Buffon to end without an emotional message posting on Twitter:

"17 years in black-and-old that officially conclude today. 17 years of friends, companions, tears, victories, defeats, trophies, words, anger, disappointments, happiness and many, many emotions. I'll never forget anything. I'll always take everything with me."

In his time in Turin the 2010 World Cup winner has won 11 Serie A titles, although two were taken away from the Calciopoli scandal, as well as a Serie B title, four Coppa Italias and five Super Coppas.

Buffon looked a lot younger last time he didn't play for Juventus. Image: PA Images
Buffon looked a lot younger last time he didn't play for Juventus. Image: PA Images

PSG have had their own problems in goal and currently have Kevin Trapp and Alphonse Areola as their two choices to play in goal.

Juve will replace him with Wojciech Szczęsny who signed last summer from Arsenal and played 15 times in Serie A last season.

Buffon not playing for Juve will take some getting used to.

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