Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has called time on his stay in Turin after 17 years of keeping the goals at the Juventus Stadium safe.
Although the expectation was that the 40-year-old would retire from the game altogether, Buffon admitted that he had received “interesting proposals” to extend his glittering career.
His announcement prompted links with Liverpool -whose goalkeeping crisis was intensified by Loris Karius’ diabolical performance in the Champions League final- and Paris Saint-Germain.
Corriere dello Sport, however, reported that Buffon will sign a two-year deal with the French champions, earning roughly €8 million p.a.
Given the news, RealSport look at the reasons behind Buffon’s move to PSG.
1 One last crack at the Champions League
Like Juventus, PSG achieved their goal of domestic dominance - after missing out on the Ligue 1 title to Monaco in 2016/17 - with a league and cup double.
Neither side have been able to transfer this dominance onto the continental stage, with Buffon finishing as the Champions League runner-up in 2003, 2015 and 2017.
Thus, both Buffon and his new employers share the same objective; winning the Champions League.
What Buffon brings to aid this cause is years of experience playing at the highest level, as well as a cool head to lead from the back.
2 Coaching the next generation
From a PSG perspective, this move makes sense on a number of levels, including the effect Buffon's presence could have on current number one Alphonse Areola.
The Frenchman has never outright earned the right to call himself the Parisians' undisputed number one, often rotating with Kevin Trapp. With Buffon arriving, this situation is unlikely to change and the pair will have to share game time.
However, Areola has plenty to learn from Buffon. Training day-in, day-out with that calibre of player can only be beneficial to Areola's learning curve, equipping him with the attributes to protect PSG's goal for the years to come.
3 Money... obviously
If you think money wasn't a factor in Buffon's decision to sign for PSG, then you are mistaken.
The 40-year-old is earning a whopping €8 million p.a., equating to roughly €154k p.w.
That's a lovely final payday and that's just his basic wage...
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