I was scared of the game”- Gianluigi Buffon on his battle with depression

I was scared of the game”- Gianluigi Buffon on his battle with depression

Gianluigi Buffon while reflecting on the most difficult period of his life, admitted that success does not sum up his career as they were dark periods.

Gianluigi Buffon has been playing professionally for more than two decades and is Italy’s most capped player ever. At 41, Gianluigi ‘Gigi’ Buffon is one of the veterans of the footballing world still currently playing professionally with PSG.


In 2002/2003, Gianluigi Buffon in the mornings will drive to Juventus’ training ground, filled with fear. On the outside everything appeared normal, on the inside he felt sick.

One moment everything would be fine, the next his legs would start to shake uncontrollably. At the age of 25, the turning point came when he told Juve’s goalkeeping coach he couldn’t play in a Serie A match.”If I had not gone through this experience, that cloud and that turmoil with other people, I may have never have got out of it.”

The Juventus and Italy No1 was suffering from depression, he spoke to his family and his closest friends, once he realised he was suffering from an illness and contacted a psychologist. if I had said: ‘I am going away for two months to get better’ I would have been finished.

Because every time after that, if I had failed with a save or whatever, I would have been reminded of that period. I thought psychologists were people who rob, figuratively of course, money from the insecure. But they are not. They are people who are there to help you…

Gigi had seen the psychologist for more than six months when he suddenly realised that he was better. “It happened all of a sudden, where I used to be scared of going to [the pitch].

At the 2004 European Championships in Portugal during the match between Italy and Denmark, a dreadful match, I was the only one smiling.”

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life but I think that’s normal for someone who wants to grow and develop. You will have to overcome plenty of obstacles and it is normal that you should stumble sometimes.

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