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By ESPN Staff
Apr 10, 2008

Lazio's veteran keeper Ballotta to play on aged 44

ROME, April 10 (Reuters) - Lazio goalkeeper Marco Ballotta will play on for another season, the 44-year-old said on Thursday.

Ballotta is the oldest player to feature in a Serie A or Champions League match.

'I will play another year, I am enjoying myself too much and I am not really thinking of quitting,' he told reporters.

Ballotta, who spent a lot of his career at Modena, became Lazio's first choice this season following Angelo Peruzzi's retirement at the end of last term.

The Rome club, dumped out of the Champions League in the group stage, signed Uruguayan Fernando Muslera but after some nervous performances he failed to oust Ballotta as number one.

The mid-table Serie A side have been trying for months to recruit goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo from River Plate but problems with his documentation have stalled the move.

The Argentine could still arrive in the close season with Ballotta expected to stay as his deputy.

'I should have stopped 10 years ago but I have played another 10. I am happy because it has proved to be the right choice. Every year I say it will be my last but then at the end I always return in goal,' Ballotta said.