Thursday July 2 2020
Buffon: 'Fire still burning'

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has assured that ‘the fire is still burning inside of me. It’s as if I’m reliving my youth’. 

Buffon recently extended his contract by a further year and is set to become Serie A’s record appearance holder when Juve face Torino in the Derby della Mole on Saturday.

“I still have the fire burning inside of me,” the 41-year-old told Randstad Italia on Instagram.

“I keep playing because I feel good and I’m competitive, plus I always want to improve.

“The moment I became a No 1, that passion turned into work, an obligation not to look bad and to always remain at the top.

“For 15 years, I set the fun aside. Now as an ‘oldie’, it’s as if I’m reliving my youth. This is my secret to how I can keep going.

“In the last 12 years of my career, I’ve enjoyed victories little and thought a lot about the defeats.

“When you’re used to winning, it seems normal. In that sense, the wins have a minor impact on you but frustration of losing remains.

“I must try making peace with this, otherwise I risk never quitting.”

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