Gianluigi Buffon has sensationally returned Juventus just a year after leaving the club for Paris Saint-Germain.
Buffon had suggested he could take a year off after rejecting a deal for a second season in the French capital. A new one-year contract with the Serie A champions will instead take Buffon beyond his 42nd birthday. When he does eventually retire, Buffon will not just be remembered for his electric reflexes and passionate Italian national anthem-singing. The Juventus stopper also has a way with words that suggests he will not be short of job offers when he does decide to hang up his gloves. Here, we pick out some of our favourite Buffon quotes from throughout his long and distinguished career. BUFFON ON… DIETS “My worst vice is gluttony. I try to keep myself under control because I’m an athlete, but once a week I like to pig out and act like a normal person.”
BUFFON ON… CHAMPIONS LEAGUE “Losing on penalties in 2003 was very painful, but since I was only 25, I was fairly calm because I was convinced I’d win many more. That’s the exuberance of youth. I was so close to winning it on that occasion; they missed three penalties in that final – I saved two of them. Strange things happen. It wasn’t meant to be and we weren’t good enough. In sport and life, those who deserve it more probably end up getting their rewards.”
BUFFON ON… MANAGEMENT “The pitch is the most beautiful part of the game; it gives you emotions which bring meaning to life. So, I wouldn’t like a role as coach, with the day-to-day nature of it. I wouldn’t rule out a role as national coach; you’d still get the emotion of the pitch but with the time and the freedom to devote to other things.”