In an interview with UEFA, former FIFA referee and chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina shared his advice for young aspiring referees who are looking to replicate Collina's success in refereeing.
"I don't think that someone should have a goal to replicate what someone else did I think everyone should be himself" he explained to the interviewer.
"To achieve the top football as a referee... the only way to do it is to be ready to work hard as a referee, make big sacrifices because this is the only way to be successful' he said.
Collina was also asked about who his role model was coming up as a referee.
"I don't think you have to take someone as a role model, I think you can take good things from many (people) not only from top referees but also from someone who's younger than you" Collina said.
He then shared a spectacular story about when his refereeing career was coming to an end around 43, 44 years old. He met some young referees who had just arrived to Serie A who were around 33, 34 years old a different generation of referees. Despite the age difference he still thought he could learn something from them.
"I think it's a matter of mentality, you should be very open to change and see changes as opportunities and not as something to be afraid of" he added.
You can hear the full interview here: Collina answers your questions | UEFA