Leonardo Bonucci admits “it’ll be difficult to forget” his penalty miss against Spain, but it “triggered something in me.”
The Italy defender ballooned over the bar during the shoot-out, deciding the Confederations Cup semi-final on Thursday evening.
“Hello to everyone,” he wrote on his official website ahead of Sunday's third place final with Uruguay.
“Taking a penalty in a semi-final and missing is something that will be difficult to forget. As a player and a professional I am truly disappointed, but as an Italian even more so!!!
“At the end of the game, however, it triggered something in me. I was sad, but all of a sudden I felt this strong rage and desire to make up for it that you cannot comprehend.
“If before I wanted to improve myself, then after this experience I feel a desire to dream that is indescribable!!
“I find that sport is a fantastic metaphor and seeing a defeat as a life lesson is my philosophy.
“Well, what else to say. Forza Azzurri. Forza Leonardo.”