Passed by Paris Saint-Germain during the 2018-2019 season, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was already far from his best level. No wonder given the words of the Italian, who reveals that the Ile-de-France club brought him out of retirement.
Still active at 44, Gianluigi Buffon does not seem in a hurry to hang up the gloves. The Parma goalkeeper continues to have fun in Serie B, he who had nevertheless wondered about his future a few years ago. His doubts date back to the summer of 2018, just before he signed for Paris Saint-Germain. ” In 2018, I decided to retireGianluigi Buffon told France Football magazine. Then I got the call from Paris Saint-Germain. »
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The Italian then consulted his relatives to make a decision. ” I talked about it first and foremost to my sons, because even if football takes up a lot of my time and it prevents me from being with them, I always see them happy when I play.said the goalkeeper of Parma. And indeed, without the slightest hesitation, they said to me: “Go ahead dad, it’s so beautiful. You’re going to play in an incredible team.” It made me understand that for them, it’s important to have me as a role model and that they are happy to have a father like me. »
Buffon uncomfortable in the streets of Paris
Suddenly, Gianluigi Buffon does not regret his choice. Especially since France and the Parisian supporters had welcomed him well. ” My experience was very beautiful, I had marks of esteem and affection sometimes undeserved in my opinion, especially in the streethe recalled. It was sometimes moving. It made me borderline uncomfortable. These signs of respect were undoubtedly related to his career, and not to his mixed performances which confirmed that the doorman was heading for retirement.