From Paris Saint-Germain officially announced their decision not to renew the contract to goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, which expires at the end of this month. So the 41-year-old Italian will leave Park de Prince for only one season after joining the team, discouraging him from terminating his career last summer. In spite of its legendary status, the veteran recorded only 25 matches in all Parisian tournaments, as most of the games were Alfonso Areola.
“Thanks for everything I had the opportunity to experience in Paris. Thanks for the emotions we shared together. Twelve months ago I arrived at the PSG, filled with enthusiasm and welcomed incredibly warm by the fans. It was really moving. Thank you once again from the bottom of my heart. I’m glad I experienced this experience, which undoubtedly helped me grow up. Today my adventure outside Italy is over. PSG offered me a renewal of the contract, but I did not feel ready to accept it because I wanted to prepare for new personal experiences and professional challenges. I would like to thank President Nasser Al-Kelafiy, my entire club, and my teammates. I wish you all the best, convinced that together you will write a Christmas story. Ernest Hemingway writes that there are only two places in the world where people can live happily: at home and in Paris. From now on, this will also apply to me: in some ways, Paris will always be my home … Ale, Paris! Thanks and success in everything! “Buffon said.
“I will never forget the pride that everyone in the PSG, both the club and the fans, felt when they saw Buffon wearing our shirt. For the first time in his glamorous career, Gianluigi took the bold decision to leave Italy, amazed by our ambitious and modern project. During his time in PSG, he transferred his phenomenal experience and his sense of professionalism not only to his teammates but also to all areas of the club. We will miss his warm and open person here in the club. Gigi will forever remain among the football giants who defended the colors of Paris Saint-Germain and share the values of the club. We will be honored to welcome him next year, along with other former players, to celebrate our 50th anniversary, “said Nasser Al-Kelly.