Former Italy goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, has turned down the opportunity to wear the number jersey, and the captain’s armband at Juventus, after he completed a return to the club on Thursday.
The 41-year-old left the Serie A champions after last summer for Paris Saint-Germain, where he won the league. He was, however, released after the just concluded campaign, and has now returned to the club where he won many trohies.
The former Parma goalkeeper will now wear jersey number 77, after declining the option to take jersey number one from Wojciech Szczęsny.
He’s also turned down the chance to captain Juventus again after Giorgio Chiellini offered it to him.
“Szczęsny wanted to give me number 1 and Chiellini the captain’s armband, but I’m not here to take anything away from anyone, but to give,” he said.
“I’ll be proud to have a captain like Giorgio, who is a brother. that I had in Parma. Then after that year I went to Juve.
“I am happy and excited, despite the almost 42 years. This was the best choice, because I was looking for strong emotions. Juve does not give anything, if I am here I have to thank everyone.
“I expect to take satisfaction from the people I consider as brothers. The choice may seem little inclined to what I am, but the motivation is what I said a month ago: playing another year trying some strong emotions
“With Sarr we met, he made an excellent impression, which was the one he gave to everyone on the day of the press conference. Playing with Cristiano is beautiful. I played with Neymar and Mbappé, now I play with Ronaldo.
“I have not yet spoken as a companion. I left a very strong Juve and found it even stronger. Seeing the venue today, I found a world turned upside down in positive evolution. Those who lead Juve have clear ideas.”
Buffon’s agent, Silvano Martina, also confirmed that his client rejected big-money offers from the Premier League.
“He had many offers, especially from the Premier League and from other large teams,” he disclosed.
“I don’t name names, it’s not in my style but I think you won’t have problems understanding.
“Buffon has always made choices with his heart and never for his wallet. You can compare his return home to that of a husband who after an escapade can’t wait to hug his wife again.”