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GIANLUGI BUFFON UNVEILED BY PSG AHEAD OF 2018/19 SEASON

French Champions Paris St Germain have unveiled former Juventus Goal keeper and captain, Gianlugi Buffon as their newest player ahead of the 2018/19 season.

The former Juventus and Parma shot stopper has signed a one year contract with the French giants.

The legendary goal keeper was shown to the French Media and PSG fans on Monday in a frenzy atmosphere in the French Capital of Paris.

Buffon salutes the crowds as he makes his way towards the Parc des Princes for his first press conference as a PSG player

With all the titles Gigi Buffon has won as a player including the FIFA World Cup in 2006, the 40 year old stopper has the UEFA Champions League missing. He has led Juventus to three finals in his quest for the glamorous European trophy but failed in all three attempts; 2003, 2015 and 2017.

Therefore it is a common marriage between him and his new outfit as the French side seek to win the trophy thus the purchase of big stars in their recent history.

However, Buffon says it would have been ‘madness’ to join the club on that basis alone.

He continued: ‘The Champions League is not an obsession. I have accepted the offer because I think that I can progress as a person & a player. It would be madness to set a single objective at the start of a season.’

Buffon was expected to hang up his gloves after leaving Juventus while a move to Major League Soccer was also mooted. A move to another top European club was not expected and Buffon admits even he was surprised to hear from them when they first made contact, but now believes he can play on even longer than his 12-month contract.

‘It was a surprise,’ he said when asked about the first time PSG made their move in May. ‘I was thinking of a different sort of future.

‘How much longer can I continue to play? I have stopped trying to work this out. I was still playing for Italy at 40, so I do not want to ask myself this anymore. As long as my body allows me to play.’

Buffon holds up his new PSG goalkeeper shirt alongside the club's Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi at Parc des Princes

The former captain of Italy’s National Team was accompanied to Paris by his wife and two sons; David and Louis and his partner Ilaria D’Amico joined him on the Parc des Princes pitch.

Buffon and his two children David (left) and Louis give the cameras the thumbs-up while his partner Ilaria D'Amico smiles

Hundreds of fans lined the streets in the hope of getting a glimpse of the living legend, who brought an end to his long association with Juventus after his contract expired this summer.

One fan tries to get a picture of PSG's latest signing as a procession of mopeds make their way behind the car on Monday

They were rewarded for their dedication when the man himself emerged to greet them and join them in song. As they chanted Buffon’s name, the 40-year-old played the conductor and used a lit flare as his baton.

 

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Buffon was born on 28 January, 1978 in Carrara in Italy.

Buffon was the runner-up for the Ballon d’Or in 2006, and was elected to be part of the FIFPro World XI, an honour which he also achieved two more times. He is the first goalkeeper ever to win the Golden Foot Award, which pertains to both personality and playing ability.

He was also the first goalkeeper ever to win the Serie A Footballer of the Year award, and has also been named the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year a record 12 times. He has also been named the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper a record five times, alongside Iker Casillas, and was also named the best goalkeeper of the 21st century, of the past 25 years, and of the decade, by the same organisation.

Buffon has won 23 trophies in his career, including nine Serie A titles, one Serie B title, five Coppa Italia titles, six Supercoppa Italiana titles, one UEFA Cup title and one FIFA World Cup title.

He holds the record for the most clean sheets in Serie A, and with the Italy national team; he also holds the record for the longest streak without conceding a goal in Serie A history: over 12 league matches, he went unbeaten for 974 consecutive minutes during the 2015–16 season, as well as having achieved the most consecutive clean sheets (10) in Serie A in that same season.

He is also one of only twenty-five players to have made at least 1,000 professional career appearances.

Gigi Buffon also made 656 appearances for Juventus with 509 been official games. He also made amazing 176 appearances for the Azzuris of Italy

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