Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has said that he still loves playing football and the fire inside him is always burning.
“I continue to play because I feel good and I’m competitive, and I always want to improve,” the 41-year-old said on Instagram to Randstad Italia (via). “I still have the fire burning inside me.”
He reveals the difference between playing for fun and playing with the pressure to succeed:
“The moment I was a No 1, the passion became work, a commitment not to look bad and to stay at the peak.
“I set the fun aside for 15 years. It’s as if I’m reviving my childhood now as an ‘oldie.’ It is my key about how I will move on.
“I’ve celebrated small wins over the last 12 years of my life, and learned a lot about the losses.
“It seems easy, when you’re used to winning. The wins have a small effect on you in that way but the pain of failing persists.
“With this I have to seek to make peace, or I risk never leaving.”
Buffon has recently renewed his deal for another year and is expected to become the record holder of Serie A presence as Juve meets Torino on Saturday in the Derby della Mole.