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What would Buffon tell his younger self?

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Gianluigi Buffon has written a heartfelt letter to his 17-year-old-self and has revealed how he battled with depression and far-right regrets.

41-year-old Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon continues to play as if he was a young man.

But he has taken his own experiences and written a letter to his 17-year-old-self where he reveals how he battled with depression.

“Dear 17-year-old Gianluigi,” he wrote according to Football Italia.

“I write this letter to you tonight as a 41-year-old man who has experienced many, many things in life, and has made some mistakes.”

“I have some good news and some bad news for you. The truth is that I am really here to speak to you about your soul,” he said.

“In just a few days, you will be gifted with three things that are very, very intoxicating, but also very, very dangerous. Money, fame and the job of your dreams. Now, you’re surely thinking, what could possibly be dangerous about this?”

“Well, this is a paradox. On one hand, it’s true that a keeper needs confidence. He needs to be fearless,” he added.

“If you give a manager the choice between the greatest technical keeper in the world and the most fearless keeper in the world, I guarantee you that he will choose the fearless b*****d every single time.”

He continued: “On the other hand, a person who is fearless can easily forget that they have a mind. If you live your life in a nihilistic way, thinking only about football, your soul will start to wither. Eventually, you will become so depressed that you won’t even want to leave your bed.”.

“But you’re no superhero. You’re just a man like anyone else. And the truth is that the pressure of this profession can turn you into a robot. Your routine can become a prison. You go to training. You come home and watch TV. You go to sleep. You do the same the next day. You win. You lose. It repeats and repeats.”