Legendary Italian shot-stopper Buffon left the Turin last summer, but the arrival of Portuguese playmaker ensured that mass exodus never happened.
Buffon believes that the acquisition of the 33yr old by the Bianconeri side prevented departure of senior players in the team. The 40yr ended his 17yr servitude to club with a move to Ligue 1 side PSG last summer, as he continued his hunt for the UEFA Champions league that have eluded him three times in his career.
The World Cup winner told Tiki Taka on Sport Mediaset: “For me, it was time to say ‘enough’.
“Juve probably felt others could’ve left and that the only way to reawaken everyone was buying Cristiano.”
Buffon missed a crucial chance to play alongside an Iconic figure like Ronaldo, but the World cup winner believes he made the right decision by dropping retirement plans with a move to PSG.
“I think, speaking in a friendly way with the president after such a long and stressful period because being a Juventus player and captain weighs on you a little, even if it’s an honour, the time had come for us to go our separate ways,” Buffon added.
“I considered retiring or carrying on playing if an incredible offer from a top club came my way. If it had come from an exotic League, I wouldn’t have considered it.
“The offer from PSG arrived in May, and it made me consider the option of playing for another year or two.
“It was an unnatural choice but one I thought about a lot. We left each other on sweet terms, that’s what I wanted and I think everyone else did too.
“I won seven Scudetti in a row and even if you’re stronger, you never take winning for granted. It involves so much nervous fatigue.”
Buffon has a one year term with PSG with the option to extend by another year. He has currently made 10 appearance for the club, but is reportedly eyeing the UEFA Champions League.