What They're Saying: Gianluigi Buffon

"I went to Ivano Bordon, the goalkeeper coach, and told him: 'Ivano, get [goalkeeper Antonio] Chimenti to warm up and play. I'm not feeling up to it.' I had suffered a panic attack and was in no state to play the 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."

-- Italian goalkeeping great Gianluigi Buffon on struggling with depression and panic attacks that got so bad he missed a Serie A match early in his career with Juventus. He said no one cared about him, "asking about Buffon and nobody about Gigi." (Vanity Fair in Italian)
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