Gigi Buffon insists he still has the essence to be amongst the top-tier goalkeepers and is looking for a new ‘crazy’ challenge.
Last night's match betweenJuventus
was probablyGianluigi Buffon
’s last game for the Bianconeri; A match that marked a happy ending for the 43-year-old, as the legendary Italian goalkeeper won his sixth Coppa Italia with a 2-1 victory over La Dea.
In a post-match interview withRai Sport
, Buffon talked about his future, saying that despite considering retirement, he is still eager to test his limits.
"Finishing like this makes me proud and so happy, as I got to share this victorious final with my team-mates and the fans, providing the icing on the cake,”
the Italian said.
"The fans, the people of Juve, my team-mates and the directors will always be part of my life. The end of this rapport doesn’t end that. I think that I gave a great deal of love, professionalism and courage for the whole Juve world. I am proud of that.
"All things must end. I am 43 years old and at this age you have to make choices that might seem unpopular, strange or even crazy, but I got to 43 like this because that little spark of madness allowed me to set no limits and dream in every moment of my life.
"I am happy when I am able to dream and recharge myself with new horizons, new projects and new challenges. I might not win, but that’s not what interests me. I never played to get trophies, I played in order to go on journeys, to challenge myself. That is the essence of my existence.
"I still need to challenge myself, to journey and to see where the limits of my body, my energy and my essence are. I already said last week, I don’t know what will happen. I could even retire, as I am a happy man, with a family I love.
"However, if there is someone even crazier than me who contacts me and imagines something even more marvelous, I will follow that person, because that’s what life is all about."
The 2006 World Cup winner added:
"I still feel strong, so if I find that motivation to try another experience, I will keep going.
"I feel that I am still a good goalkeeper. I still feel that I am Buffon, so I don’t want any gifts. If someone thinks I am still competitive, that’s great.
"What I want to do is challenge myself. I’d like to reach December 2022 and still feel strong enough to play my part, great, but if they don’t call me, then that’s fine too."