Wednesday May 28 2014
De Rossi praises captain Buffon

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.”

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