Buffon – I will continue playing as long am motivated

Juventus and Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon said he will continue playing as long as he remains motivated.

Buffon – regarded as one of the all-time greats – appeared set to call it quits following the World Cup in Russia, which Italy sensationally failed to qualify for.

But speaking ahead of Juve’s rescheduled Serie A clash with Atalanta on Wednesday, Buffon said: “Motivation is everything.

“As long as I want to suffer, to fight, I’ll continue. After the passion that motivated me in my first years, I set myself the goal of having a challenge, to always fight for a bigger objective.

“I’ll need to see – together with the club – what energy level I’ll have and whether I can continue or not.

“What makes me happy is the fact that, whatever my future will be, I feel very serene and gratified for what my career has been, and for what I think I’ve given to Juventus, Parma, the national team and all of football.

“I know I have always worked with extreme seriousness and unselfishness, putting the good of the group ahead of my own.”

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