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Buffon revealed how he had fought depression

Thu 05 August 2021 | 10:12

The 43-year-old Gianluigi Buffon returned to Parma after 20 years and talked about his retirement.

I listened to my mind to see if I still have the energy needed for the challenge. Then the heart, because without heart you can’t even win a card game,”

The 2006 Italy World Cup winner told La Repubblica.

Buffon, 43, also spoke about his experience in fighting depression.

My thoughts have been beyond football for a quite long time now. I have many interests and I am looking forward to giving them the space they deserve. I am protected by my son, my brothers and my sisters,

” Buffon said.

“I am lucky to have a woman, a wife and a friend such as Ilaria close to me. Depression is a distant memory and I almost feel affection for it because the torment has made me appreciate how intense every single moment of a day can be.”

Why didn't

Buffon

retire and return to

Parma

?

“I’ve proved to be a realist, I am a complicated simple person who feeds himself with dreams even if many of them turn out being illusions or utopia. I am thrilled to be back, I have my roots in Parma. It’s the right dress on the right person.

“I feel like an artist and I didn’t want to stop because I believe that an artist always cultivates the desire to show the gesture, if he is still capable of doing it, for personal satisfaction and a certain dose of narcissism”.

Buffon

left

Juventus

in 2018 and returned to the club in the summer of 2019. Will he play a role in this club when he retires?

“I have no agreement to do something else with the club. I return to Serie B for the second time in my career. I went there at 28 when I was the leading goalkeeper worldwide. Why shouldn’t I do it at 43? I had chosen Juventus in 2006 and then I chose Parma. I could also play in an amateur league, my worth would not change.”

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