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Danilo talks Juventus captaincy, popstar footballers and learning life lessons from Gatti

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Danilo talks Juventus captaincy, popstar footballers and learning life lessons from Gatti

Danilo is proud being Juventus captain.

The defender is the first Brazilian to captain the club.

He told TNT Brazil: “It is a source of great pride. A team with great tradition like Juventus has always been well represented for a long time by historic Italian players. After being vice-captain last year, this season I became captain of the team. This has to do with my experience in other leagues and countries, with my way of communicating with my teammates, with the referees and with the Juventus universe.

“The fact that the coach’s decision was accepted so well, especially by my teammates of the team, fills me with pride. I am proud that even the Italian fans, who defend their flag and their culture, often greet me and thank me for always defending Juventus and its colours. I feel part of the club, of the city and of its traditions.”

On ‘popstar’ footballers, he continued: “Today footballers who are not ‘popstars’ sell little, have little media visibility. A player who goes out to dinner the week in which his team loses the match (which is obviously something you can do) becomes much more popular of a player than who goes to a charity event or who, for example, goes to help a community.

“My effort today is to try to influence the new generations of athletes and footballers. I can be a high level athlete, I can play with the best in the world, for the greatest national team in the world, have a successful career, earn a lot of money (because we are not hypocrites, we all want to earn money), but still lead a normal life. I don’t need to go around showing off super cars and always being in the midst of social controversy.

“Of course no one is perfect, we all make mistakes and learn, which is what I have tried to do throughout my career. Now I am in a moment of great personal growth because I am happy to have it done, and thank goodness I was able to see things like this. Now I’m in a moment of great personal growth because I’m happy I did it, and thank goodness I was able to see things like this.”

Danilo then raised young teammate Fede Gatti.

“We have the example of Federico Gatti, a player who perhaps four years ago was still playing in the amateur categories and from one moment to the next he finds himself at Juventus, then in the Champions League and in the Italian national team, a very different world from the one he he was used to it.

“When he arrived, I remember that he had been looking for a house for more or less 3 months, then one day I asked him: ‘Gatti, but have you found a house?’. And he replied: ‘I found one near the airport, here in Turin’.

“I immediately thought that it was not a place where Juventus footballers usually stay, who prefer the city centre or towards the hills, which are ‘better’ places, let’s say. Close to the airport it’s perhaps a more rural area, and I replied: ‘Do you like it, do you feel good?’ And he said to me: ‘Dani, it’s what suited me most at the moment’.

“He had just arrived, he didn’t have a let’s say stratospheric contract, was a growing player, but when he told me: ‘It’s what suited me the most’, I thought that sometimes the lessons in life come when you least expect them. Gatti is a boy that I really like, I have great affection for him, we have a good relationship. Sometimes you think that you learn more from players with more titles, with more experience and with an incredible career, but then along comes a boy from the amateur categories, who has done a lot of apprenticeship, and who has worked on the transfer market, who has managed to give me this teaching.

“He certainly thought about his stability, tranquility and what was best for him at that moment, and he was right.”

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