A merciless yet versatile defender, Giorgio Chiellini is deservedly considered as one of the game’s top defenders. Chiellini’s tenacity, leadership and commitment to the cause have made the centre-back an irreplaceable force at the core of Juventus’ recent success.
Beginning his career as a promising full-back at Livorno, the Biaconeri’s vice-captain soon moved inside on his arrival to Turin in 2005 and found the position that best suits his attributes, cementing his place as a mainstay at both club and international level.
The 31-year-old’s aerial abilities make him an asset in either penalty area, regularly weighs in with vital goals. Chiello’s most memorable goal in recent years however came with his feet, as his brilliant volley sealed a tenth Coppa Italia triumph at the Stadio Olimpico last May.
The stopper’s illustrious Juventus career was immortalised in 2014, joining an exclusive group of players to have their shirt displayed at Juventus Museum following his 300th appearance for the club.
Chiellini’s ruthlessness on the field is also underlied by an intelligence off it: Juve’s vice-captain graduated with top marks in Economic Sciences from the University of Turin in 2010.