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Buffon Refuses No.1 Shirt And Captaincy On Return To Juventus

Veteran goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, following his sensational return to Juventus, has refused to re-assume the captaincy and No 1 shirt out of respect for Giorgio Chiellini and Wojciech Szczesny. 

The 41-year-old spent 17 years with the Italian champions before leaving for Paris Saint-Germain last summer, but sealed a swift return to the Old Lady on Thursday on a one year deal. 

Buffon, who was the Juventus captain before he left, has however revealed that he does not deserve to take it back. 

Buffon won the French Ligue 1 title with PSG last season but has returned to Juventus on a one year deal.

‘Szczesny wanted to give me No 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.

Buffon played with Kylian Mbappe at PSG last season.

‘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.

Buffon also disclosed how the chance to play with five-time Balon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, was a major lure back to the Allianz Stadium.

Buffon has revealed that he is relishing the chance to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

‘With (Maurizio) Sarri 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 (Kylian) Mbappe, 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.’

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