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Gianluigi Buffon says he and NFL great Tom Brady ‘can break some stereotypes about older athletes’

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he and fellow 43-year-old Tom Brady can ‘break some stereotypes about older athletes’ after legendary NFL quarterback leads Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl

  • Gianluigi Buffon hopes to break stereotypes after turning 43 years old
  • The Italian veteran is still playing and played in Juve’s Coppa Italia win this week
  • Buffon says he and NFL great Tom Brady can set an example as older athletes
  • Brady leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into the Super Bowl this weekend

Gianluigi Buffon is enjoying his career at the highest level as the veteran goalkeeper revealed he wants to break stereotypes after comparisons to NFL great Tom Brady.

The Juventus stopper, who turned 43 this week, may play second fiddle to Wojciech Szczesny this season, but has great influence and respect among the Italian champions.

Andrea Pirlo handed his former teammate a birthday present when he started him for Wednesday’s 4-0 win over SPAL at the Coppa Italia, as Juve marched to the semi-finals after a comfortable win.

Gianluigi Buffon tries to break stereotypes as the Juve veteran reaches his 43rd birthday

Gianluigi Buffon tries to break stereotypes as the Juve veteran reaches his 43rd birthday

The Italian played on Wednesday when the Old Lady advanced to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia

The Italian played on Wednesday when the Old Lady advanced to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia

The Italian played on Wednesday when the Old Lady advanced to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia

And a ‘relaxed’ Buffon revealed that he is doing things day by day as his incredible 25-year career shows no signs of an end just yet.

‘I am quite relaxed, the passage of time is inevitable. You have to accept it, go forward with a lot of enthusiasm, ‘said the goalkeeper RAI Sport through Football Italia.

After learning that he is the same age as legendary quarterback Brady, who is leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl this weekend, Buffon hopes that taboos about older athletes can be cleared.

Buffon says he and NFL great Tom Brady, also 43, can set an example as older athletes

Buffon says he and NFL great Tom Brady, also 43, can set an example as older athletes

Buffon says he and NFL great Tom Brady, also 43, can set an example as older athletes

The World Cup winner insisted that he has not yet considered leaving football

The World Cup winner insisted that he has not yet considered leaving football

The World Cup winner insisted that he has not yet considered leaving football

That’s good to know. It means I’m no exception, we can try to break the taboos and some of the stereotypes about older athletes. ‘

Buffon’s age inevitably raises questions about when he’ll hang up his gloves, but the Italian insisted he hasn’t considered retirement yet.

‘I don’t even think about that! Someone like me at the age of 43 just has to take it one day at a time. I want to celebrate my birthday and that is already an achievement! ‘

Juventus meet Antonio Conte’s Inter in the league’s semi-finals after the Nerazzurri defeated arch-rival AC Milan in a spirited affair this week that saw Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic get together.

These things shouldn’t happen, but when they do, they are part of the thrill of a competition environment and can break out into words you’d normally never say. I don’t mind too much, ”thought Buffon.

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