After spending a season with French champion Paris Saint Germain, Gianluigi Buffon has returned to his former club Juventus on a 1-year contract. The Italian league champion took social media to announce the return of the 41-year-old goalkeeper.
After spending 17 years with the Turin based club, Gigi left for French giant PSG last year and will now be the second choice keeper behind Wojciech Szczesny.
OFFICIAL| @gianluigibuffon is back in Bianconero! ??
Welcome home, Gigi! ??
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 4, 2019
“I am happy to have returned home and to have the opportunity to embrace you and be embraced by you again. This is one of the most beautiful and happiest days of my life. Today I received confirmation that life is incredible and it’s always worth dreaming.”
Italian club released a statement on their website that read: "After a year away from Turin, Gianluigi Buffon has returned to Juventus after penning in a one-year contract which will tie him to the club until 30 June 2020. Buffon is back home!"
Buffon also thanked Juventus for providing a splendid gift of playing with Cristiano Ronaldo.
"At the end of my career I was able to play with Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe thanks to Paris Saint-Germain, now it will happen with Cristiano Ronaldo thanks to Juventus. I think that for players with my experience and with my history, to be able to end the career in such a way is a splendid gift."
Buffon who left as a captain last year was offered armband from current captain Giorgio Chiellini and also his former no. 1 jersey but he kindly declined and said:
"I would like to thank Szczesny and Chiellini, who offered me the number one jersey and the captain's armband," he added. I am here to contribute as I have always done, not to take anything away from someone. The first-choice goalkeeper of Juve must have the number one and Giorgio, who is my brother, must be captain.
"I took number 77, which is in my history and in the history of Parma. That was the shirt that took me to Juventus and it was something that inspired me."