Gigi Buffon will always be a Calcio legend as he explains why he’s still playing for Parma at 44 and why he doesn’t need the Champions League to prove he’s good.
The goalkeeper spoke at the Festival dello Sport in Trento about his career, which is still going strong in Serie B despite turning 45 in January. “I continue to play for many reasons. Because I still feel strong and competitive, because I feel like I’m participating in a golden age of sport. I’m at an age where I can decide to retire whenever I want, so I’m in control, but my choices have always been motivated. I came back to Parma because I am a happy man to see how proud the fans are to have me in their goal by wearing the colors of Gialloblu again,” said SuperGigi.
Buffon won the 2006 World Cup with Italy and countless trophies with Juventus, but never the Champions League or the Ballon d’Or. He is famous for dropping out in Serie B with Juve after they were demoted in 2006, just weeks after lifting football’s biggest trophy.
“I’ve won so much in my life, but I’ve also given up other titles. I’m glad I fought to win them, but personally I also succeeded with the affection of the fans. And I don’t need the Champions League, for example, to know how good I am. Even without winning them, I know what I’m worth. I use criticism as fuel, especially as I get older. As a young person, they really hurt you and may destabilize you. When you are mature, you see them as an incentive. Sometimes I really needed that criticism and took notes on who it came from.”