Daniele De Rossi has praised his Italy teammate and captain Gigi Buffon, saying the goalkeeper has an incredible winning mentality.
The Roma man was interviewed as part of a promotional FIFA video for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
As well as discussing the 36-year-old shot-stopper, the midfielder said playing at football’s showpiece event was the pinnacle of any player’s career.
“It will be my third World Cup,” De Rossi said. “Whenever I go to play at a World Cup the adrenalin and the emotion is always the same.
“It’s the best thing that can happen to a footballer.
“Buffon has the mentality of a winner, an incredible mentality. He is a player who always wants to win, even in every training match.
“He is also a guy you can have a joke with. He is a genuine person who will always be a great fighter against anyone.
“He is of great value both on the pitch and within the dressing room.”