Buffon believes Neymar will recover from World Cup disappointment

Rex Christensen
July 10, 2018

The forward described losing to Belgium in the quarter-finals of Russian Federation 2018 as the "the saddest moment" of his career, having scored twice in five games at the tournament and drawn criticism for his play-acting.

He was criticised throughout the World Cup for his theatrics and play-acting and only managed two goals in five games.

Paris Saint-Germain officially unveiled Gianluigi Buffon as their new signing on Monday afternoon, with the former Juventus stalwart making clear he wants to prove he's still a great goalkeeper.

In life, first of all, and during our careers.

Inevitably, Buffon was asked about his new teammate Neymar during the ceremony after Brazil's exit from the World Cup and endless speculation regarding the forward's future: "I think it is a hard moment for him and we've been through something like that at some stage of our careers". But there are moments that make us stronger.

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"I'd have liked him to end his career at Juventus, but that's a personal thing".

The nine-time Serie A victor had been linked with taking up an off-field role at Juve but wanted to keep on playing and signed a one-year-deal in Paris.

Buffon confirmed he sought counsel from former Juventus team-mate Blaise Matuidi before opting to join the France worldwide at PSG, where he will play under new coach Thomas Tuchel. That's why I listened to his advice.

Many expected the 40-year-old to retire from football this summer, however it's clear there are still ambitions deep within the Italian icon, although he will miss PSG's first three Champions League matches through suspension. I was surprised to see that they couldn't reach their objective.

Rather astoundingly, George Weah was actually on the pitch when Buffon was thrust into the Parma first team for the very first time in 1995. "I've landed in Paris with the enthusiasm of a boy", said the Juventus great. I think it's finished.

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