PARIS France (Xinhua) --
French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on
Friday announced that it has signed Gianluigi Buffon on a one-year
contract, with one additional year as an option for the Italian
"It is with a great feeling of
happiness that I join Paris Saint-Germain," reacted Buffon following
the signature of his contract.
Buffon, 40, joined PSG from Serie A champions Juventus.
He was elected best goalkeeper of the beginning of the 21st
century by the International Federation of Football History and
At the end of 2017, he was listed in FIFA’s Best XI which honored
the best players of 2017.
Buffon started his career at Parma, making his professional debut
in 1995 at the age of 17.
In 2001, his move became the biggest transfer in the history of
goalkeepers when he joined Juventus.
In a white and black jersey, Buffon played 655 matches, winning 9
titles as champion of Italy and appearing in 3 UEFA Champions League
finals (2003, 2015, 2017).
In national team jersey, Buffon will always be regarded as a
major factor in Italy’s World Cup win in 2006. His 176 selections in
a 20-year international career make the player the most capped in
the history of European football.
Club and international appearances combined, Buffon has played
1,051 official matches and won 23 trophies.
"For the first time in my career, I am leaving my country and
only a project this ambitious could have encouraged me to make such
"I want to thank the club and the president for their confidence.
"To have followed the club’s incredible progression in recent
years, I know what dreams Paris Saint-Germain and its fans have in
"I am going to bring all my energy, all my experience and all of
my thirst to win to help my new club achieve all the great
objectives it has set out for the future.
"With my teammates and our supporters, we will share fantastic
emotions at the Parc des Princes and in all of the stadiums in which
we are going to represent Paris, a marvelous city that deserves to
one day see its club at the top of international football," said the
"We all feel an immense pride in welcoming Gianluigi Buffon into
the great Paris Saint-Germain family," said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the
President of Paris Saint-Germain.
"The immensity of his career, as well as his ambitious
personality, unifying and elegant, make him one of the most admired
and respected players in world football.
At 40 years old, his passion for football is intact and Gianluigi
has found the ideal environment in our project to set himself
extremely high objectives transmitting his experience, not only to
the other goalkeepers at the club, but to all of our players.
"Our supporters will know how to welcome Buffon with the
enthusiasm and love that he deserves.
His arrival reaffirms our will to always go higher, an ambition
that we intend to pursue with a determination just as strong," added