Gianluigi Buffon eyes up management role after retirement
The 41-year-old Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper is yet to make a call over whether he will continue playing after the end of the current season.
Buffon, a 2006 World Cup winner with Italy, arrived in Paris last July after making 656 appearances during a 17-year stay at Juventus.
His current deal with French champion PSG runs until the end of the season and while no decision has been made on his future as of yet, Buffon says international management holds great appeal.
“I wouldn’t want to be the coach for a team, but I’d love to be the coach of a national team,” Buffon, Italy’s most capped player, told CNN.
“I’d love to meet other players, see other places in the world and I want to be known in other places, so the idea of becoming the coach of a national team, to live in another country, to learn another language, adapt to a new lifestyle and another way of thinking, would first and foremost help me improve as a person.”
“I feel within me the need to take this challenge on. I feel the essence of life is to say that at the end of my life I can really be satisfied with what I’ve achieved, because you’ve lived your life to the full.
“What I mean is you’ve absorbed a great deal, faced up to and learned from others, and to impart your knowledge to others and take from others too. Leading an active life is the most important thing for me.”