Italy Legend, Gianluigi Buffon has questioned the age impediment that seems to be affiliated with the round leather game, and he otherwise believes that as he “feels like a soldier” he sees no reason why he can’t feature for his club and country if still feels the same at 80.
The veteran goalkeeper, who won the 2006 FIFA World cup with Italy in Germany and also have claimed the Serie A title with Juventus 10 times having made 175 and 638 appearances for Italy and Juventus respectively.
According to reports, the Juventus stopper had a plan to retire from Country football after his 2018 World Cup participation which would have been his sixth appearance at the show-piece but it only remained a dream for him as Sweden denied Italy the chance of qualifying.
“I just don’t know how to answer these (retirement) questions,” the goalkeeper was quoted while speaking with goal on Sunday.
“Will I stop? Will I not stop? I feel like a soldier in the service of my club and my country. The big picture was always more important to me than my own. That’s how I see my work.”
He was voted as the Goalkeeper of the Year by FIFA this year after also finishing 4th in the Ballon d’Or race, he believes he might have to quit the game at some point but he will remain accessible should they [club & country] have a need for him.
“I am very likely to stop, but I am still available for Juventus and the national team.”
“Even at 80, if suddenly no goalkeeper would be there, they should call me — I would train briefly and then jump in,” Buffon concluded.