Monday might have been Emre Can Day in Turin as the German midfielder was presented to the media, but it was also the day that Gianluigi Buffon trained for the first time as a Paris Saint-Germain player and then had his own introductory press conference.
(Yes, it still feels weird to both think and then type that Buffon plays for somebody else.)
Understandably, one of the big questions from his first presser as a PSG player — yep, still weird! — had to do with his old club and what their rumored transfer business currently centers around. That is, of course, Juve’s potentially titanic move for Cristiano Ronaldo, one that will undoubtedly usher in a new era in Turin if it does indeed go through.
“Ronaldo to Juventus? No, it doesn’t bother me, the two goals he scored against me in the final bothered me, that yes. It would be the best thing for Italian football, it is the umpteenth confirmation that while the Agnelli family owns Juve the fans can remain calm. The fans have a need for idols to rely on and this transfer wouldn’t surprise me.”
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Buffon being bothered by Ronaldo scoring goals on him isn’t a surprise because they have come in some of the biggest possible moments in the Champions League. And, like any great goalkeeper, he remembers EVERYTHING that happens and deposits it for motivation.
There’s also this: There’s nobody who knows Juventus better and wants better things for the club more than Buffon. There’s nobody who understands the objectives and aspirations of the club better than Buffon.
Would it have been great for Juventus to sign Ronaldo while Buffon was still on the roster? Well, of course. But part of the reason why Buffon chose to leave in May was the fact that he didn’t want to become any kind of problem — something he also talked about during Monday’s press conference — or hold the club back. (He’s so modest. It’s impossible to not love the guy.)