Fabio Cannavaro looks back over his career, Calciopoli, Juventus and retiring five years to the day from the World Cup triumph.
“In all honesty, I had not thought about the fact I retired on the fifth anniversary of that night in Berlin,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Now that I think back to those moments, I get goosebumps and think perhaps it was my destiny. The happiest day of my career coincides with the saddest.”
He lifted the trophy after beating France on penalties on July 9, 2006 and announced his retirement at the age of 37 on July 9, 2011.
It's also true that in 2006 Cannavaro won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award, but saw a title stripped from his CV when Juventus were embroiled in Calciopoli.
“I feel that the 2006 Scudetto is mine and Juve will remember it as theirs, regardless of what the statistics say. Don't forget that a month later in the World Cup Final in Berlin, there were more Juventus players on the field than any other club.”
The 2006 Scudetto is back in the balance after Inter and particularly former President Giacinto Facchetti wiretaps were discovered.
“I want to point out Facchetti was an extraordinary man. During the Under-21 years he taught me a great deal and I will always take his lessons with me.
“Even if he made some mistakes, the man himself must not be attacked.”
That was not his only scandal, as Cannavaro also sparked an investigation into the use of medication in sport when he filmed himself on a drip ahead of Parma's 1999 UEFA Cup Final against Olympique Marseille.
“It was stupid to film myself getting treatment and I wouldn't do it again. Would I be on the drip again? It depends on the rules.
“Don't forget at that time it was by no means a banned practice. We used them to help us recover more quickly. Now those are banned, but they can still use basically the same substances in integrators.”