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'Ronaldo was the missing piece at Juventus', says club legend Gianluigi Buffon

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3.54K   //    19 Jan 2019, 15:06 IST

SSC Napoli v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Group C
SSC Napoli v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Group C

What's the story?

Juventus legend and Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes that new club recruit Cristiano Ronaldo was the last piece missing to form a complete team within the Bianconeri outfit.

In case you didn't know...

The Italian shot-stopper had established himself as one of the best between the sticks during his time at Juventus, where he won a staggering nine Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia titles and five Supercoppa Italiana crowns.

Buffon is the most capped player in the history of the Italian national team and also holds the record for the most international appearances as a captain.

The veteran keeper moved to Ligue 1 giants PSG in 2018, in what is deemed to be one final attempt at winning the UEFA Champions League, a competition he has never won before.

The heart of the matter

In an interview with Marca, the 40-year-old keeper was asked about his former club's potential in Europe now that they have an excellent player in Cristiano Ronaldo.

Buffon replied saying, "Juventus are very strong. They have been for the last four or five years in Europe, but this year even more so because they have an incredible player. He has come into a team that possibly only lacked that last piece. They are a candidate."

He also mentions the unpredictability of a competition as big as the Champions League and how the smallest details can have a great effect on the outcome. "Juventus, as a team, are the strongest. In the Champions League, nobody can be sure they will win it and there are always three or four stronger teams so winning depends on small details."

What's next?

Buffon's Paris Saint-Germain will go head-to-head with Guingamp in the Ligue 1 later tonight.

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