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Gianluigi Buffon made “biggest mistake” of his career at PSG

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The veteran goalkeeper left Juventus to spend a short spell at PSG in 2018.

Gianluigi Buffon has opened up on his decision to leave Paris Saint-Germain in 2019.

Buffon stayed at Juventus for 17 years after his move from Parma in 2001. However, an offer from PSG convinced him to join the Ligue 1 giants on a free transfer in July 2018.

PSG wanted to keep Buffon beyond his one-year deal. However, a change in the pecking order convinced the Italian keeper to return to Juventus the next summer.

“My experience in Paris was the best of my life. I must say that leaving was probably the biggest mistake of my career. Why? They told me, ‘Gigi, we are very happy, but you will not start as a starter in the Champions League. Areola will play.'” Buffon revealed to Bobo TV (via Goal).

“I stopped and said to myself, this is not right. I was talking about a matter of respect, you can’t come for Buffon in March and say you don’t play next year. What the f*ck game is this? This is not sport.”

Buffon added a Ligue 1 title to his trophy cabinet during his season-long spell at PSG. However, his fantastic experience in France wasn’t limited to sporting success.

“I felt at the center of the world. Within two months I spoke French, I talked to people on the street,” he added. 

“Beyond a professional of the highest level, I felt like a man satisfied, it was the most beautiful experience. Even today my children ask me why we left Paris.”