Following his one-year contract extension, Gianluigi Buffon says he still has the fire burning in him even at the age of 42.
Buffon is set to remain on the pitch for another year after his recent one-year extension with Juventus.
The legendary goalkeeper has teased on retirement in recent times but always managed to keep it going at the end of the day.
It was heavily thought that Buffon was considering an exit from Juve where he has spent most of his career.
But even at the age of 42, the Italian goalkeeper says he is happy to be ‘reliving his youth’ at an age where many think he should have hanged his boots.
“I still have the fire burning inside of me,” Buffon told Randstad Italia on Instagram of the desire for competition that he has never lost.
“I keep playing because I feel good and I’m competitive, plus I always want to improve.
“The moment I became a No.1, that passion turned into work, an obligation not to look bad and to always remain at the top.
“For 15 years, I set the fun aside. Now as an ‘oldie’, it’s as if I’m reliving my youth. This is my secret to how I can keep going.
“In the last 12 years of my career, I’ve enjoyed victories little and thought a lot about the defeats.
“When you’re used to winning, it seems normal. In that sense, the wins have a minor impact on you but frustration of losing remains.
“I must try making peace with this, otherwise I risk never quitting.”
Many have joked that Buffon could play until he’s 50 but we’ll have to see if there’s a chance that could happen.