One of the surprise transfers that Juventus made this summer was to re-sign legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The Italian returned to the Old Lady of Italian football after having spent one season in France with Paris-Saint Germain. It was initially thought that the former Italian first-choice goalkeeper would retire from professional football at the end of the 2017/18 season when his contract with Juve came to an end.
However, he surprisingly agreed a one-season deal with PSG during the summer of 2018. This was presumably to have one final chance to win the Champions League. Buffon is one of the best goalkeepers of all-time and has won virtually everything that there is to win. The only two trophies which have eluded him are the European Championships on the international front and the Champions League on a club level. He did play in three Champions League finals with Juventus and lost them all.
Buffon is expected to act as cover for Wojciech Szczesny this season. He will likely retire from professional football at the end of the season (this time for real) and take up a coaching role behind the scenes with Juventus.
“He hasn’t said anything about it, but we’ve spoken because he’s someone I’ve admired and we’ve faced each other many times,” Ronaldo said, as quoted by Marca.
“He told me he was happy that we are together now, and I said the same because, in my opinion, he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world, if not the best.
“Him and Iker Casillas are in football’s history books and I’m happy to be with him because he’s a five-star man.”
It will be interesting to see Ronaldo and Buffon as team-mates
It will certainly be interesting to see two of the modern-day greats playing alongside each other. The duo have never been team-mates prior to this though they did play against each other many times. Many people will remember Ronaldo’s stunning bicycle kick for Real Madrid against Juventus during the Champions League in early 2018.
Buffon will also now have one final chance to win the Champions League. While he is now second-choice keeper at Juve, Szczesny tends to be inconsistent at times and it will not be surprising to see Buffon called up for first-team duty at some point this season.