Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon expressed his doubts about Juventus’ legal issues and shared his sadness over the deaths of Sinisa Mihajlovic and Gianluca Vialli.
The 2006 World Cup winner is still plying his trade on the pitch, contracted to Serie B side Parma until June 2024. The 45-year-old shot stopper has made seven appearances across all competitions this season, missing a number of games due to a hamstring injury.
Speaking in an interview with La Stampa, Buffon first underlined his and Parma’s desires to reach the Serie B play-off spots.
“Let’s say that in the last few games we have increased the pace a little bit, improving is important to nourish hope, to ignite the ambition of being able to reach a goal.”
He gave his thoughts on the recent legal issues surrounding Juventus, the club where he spent 19 years across his career.
“I’m waiting for the judicial procedures to be completed. But in the case of a second harsh conviction in the space of seventeen years, considering that Juve is portrayed as the power because it is winning, I could not help but ask myself a question.
“Is it the masochistic power that is self-flagellating and or is it the anti-power that wants to beat the power?”
The 45-year-old commented on Andrea Agnelli’s impressive job at club president, considering the sporting results.
“I stop at the judgement of the pitch, my world, and say that the ten years like the president’s are unrepeatable, it will be decades before someone can equal that.”
He commented on the criticism levied against Gianluigi Donnarumma following Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.
“It’s the destiny of goalkeepers, a role that I also advise against to my children. There is always a part of the imponderable that is independent of ability, compared to offensive roles you have much more to lose than to gain.”
Buffon touched on the deaths of Serie A legends Mihajlovic and Vialli.
“You are left with a veil of sadness. And you understand the importance they had beyond football, in social and family life, before being champions, they were fathers, husbands, friends.
“I was moved by a letter from Sinisa’s daughter, we have to make our people understand how lucky we are to be together every day, to not have illnesses. Serenity and health are not taken for granted.”
He supported Czech midfielder Jakub Jankto, who recently came out as gay.
“If he has seen fit for his existential well-being, I am happy, we should not be surprised. Homosexuality should be neither a problem nor a taboo, I see my children and grandchildren dealing with certain topics with normality, the very young, in mentality, are ahead of us.”
Finally, Buffon looked ahead to his retirement in the future.
“In the meantime, let’s see how we finish this year, I can draw an indication, at my age, and I’m optimistic, it’s good to think month by month.”