Gianluigi Buffon has admitted that in his current form, Francesco Totti could make a difference to any team.
There have been some claims in the Italian Press that the Roma forward could make a return to the national side set-up for the World Cup.
And ahead of their game against Denmark on Friday, the Juventus goalkeeper has conceded that the veteran goalscorer would be an asset.
“Totti is immortal as a player,” he told a Press conference. “In this form he could make a different everywhere.
“He is proving to be a champion.
“We’ll have to find the strength to honour this qualification process. To play badly for the national team – at any stage – doesn’t please any one.
“The best thing for Italian football would be for us to win this game. We have to be a point of reference for the game in this country.”
Buffon then commented on recent controversy surrounding ‘territorial discrimination’ and Juve’s start to the season.
“There’s a fine line between local pride and discrimination,” he added. “There are always risks
“It is a delicate issue so we all have to take some responsibility.
“We can’t be passive and just accept this sort of behaviour.
“We [at Juve] are aware that Napoli, Roma and Inter will be rivals until the end of the season.
“We know we can do better despite winning most of our games, and that gives us confidence.”