"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