Iconic Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believed he could get away with whatever he wanted as a teenager, though he never fell into drugs.
The ex-Juventus and Italy No.1 has been reminiscing about his younger years, particularly memories of following Casertana with their ultras.
“As a kid, I had a sense of being indestructible, omnipotent and invincible,” the goalkeeper said to Vanity Fair Italy.
“I felt that I could go over the top, do whatever I wanted. In a way, I miss the madness of when I was 20-years old.
“I did my fair share of dumb things, relished them and, to a degree, I’m happy to have ticked every box.”
The iconic goalkeeper also remembered his time as a member of Casertana’s ultras, speaking of the times when he used to smoke with them, though he was adamant that he was always good at saying no to drugs.
“I did studiously avoid taking drugs or doping,” he continued. “At the age of 17, when someone put a pill on my lips, I knew how to say no.
“Having said that, at most I had a couple of tokes on a spliff when I was young.
“I still remember the cloud of smoke that surrounded the Casertana fans, but it was smoke not from fireworks or pyrotechnics, but 200 spliffs all smoked together… I can see it now.”