To be a successful professional you have to be competitive. But goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini admits that he finds it hard not to take that determined outlook into his private life!
Carlo is the subject of our question and answer session in the current issue of hotspur magazine. And that's the one thing that he feels he needs to alter in his nature.
As he explains: "Even if I am kicking a ball around with the kids I find I'm too competitive and always want to win. That's something I should change."
However, Carlo loves his home life and says that sitting round the table, eating or playing cards, with family and friends keeps him happy. "That will always be enough for me," he says.
Naturally he loves Italian food and going back home to Milan. And he admits that he's played alongside a few characters in his time!
Number one? "Paolo Di Canio, for sure. I was with him at AC Milan. Totally crazy!"
Read the full session in the August issue of hotspur, our ever-popular official monthly magazine.
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