In 1995 goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was only 17-years old but he debuted for Parma in the Italian Lega Serie A where he began his successful career.
And in a letter he wrote to his younger self, the 41-year-old stopper has confessed the chaotic night before his debut.
“You’re 17 years old. You’re about to become a real footballer, like in your dreams. You think that you know everything. But the truth is, my friend, you don’t know s***,” he wrote according to Football Italia.
“In just a few days, you will get the chance to start your first Serie A match for Parma, and you don’t know enough to be scared.”
He explained: “You should be in bed, drinking warm milk. But what are you going to do? You’re going to go to the nightclub with your good friend from the Primavera.”
“You’re just going to have one beer, right? But then you exaggerate a bit. You play the movie character. The strongman.”
“This is how you usually cope with this pressure that you don’t even know what you feel. Soon, you’ll be outside the club, arguing with some police officers at one in the morning,” he added.
“Just go home. Go to bed. And please, I beg you, don’t p*** on the wheel of the police car. The officers will not find it amusing, the club will not find it amusing, and you will risk everything that you’ve worked for.”
“This is the kind of chaos that you bring upon yourself, for no reason. There is a burning inside you that will lead you to make mistakes. Of course, you think that you are showing your teammates that you’re strong and free, but in reality, this is a mask that you wear,” he concluded.
— Trivia Copa Mundial (@Tr_CopaMundial) October 12, 2019