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Parma keeper Buffon: I don't need Champions League trophies to know how good I am

Gigi Buffon is happy playing on in Serie B with Parma.

The goalkeeper turns 45 in January.

“I continue to play for many reasons. Because I still feel strong and competitive, because I feel like I'm taking part in a golden age of sport," he said.

“I am at an age where I could decide to retire whenever I want, so I am in control of the situation, but my choices always had reasons behind them. I returned to Parma because I am a happy man seeing how proud the fans are to have me in their goal wearing the Gialloblu colours again.

“I've won so much in my life, but also gave up on other titles. I'm happy to have fought to win them, but personally I also achieved success with the affection of the fans.

“And I don't need for example eight Champions League trophies to know how good I am. Even without winning those, I know what I'm worth.

“I use criticism as fuel, especially the older I get. As a youngster, they really hurt and risk destabilising you. When you are mature, you see them as an incentive. At times, I really needed that criticism, and took notes on who it came from."



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