Fearless in the tackle, possessing a fine tactical mind and confident with the ball at his feet, Leo has all the attributes required of a top, international defender.
Few players have taken their game to the next level in the same way as Bonucci since he joined Juventus from Bari five years ago in 2010.
The defender’s consistency at the back and his unrelenting year on year improvement have cemented his place at the heart of the Bianconeri’s defence as well as making him a permanent fixture at international level.
Beginning his career with hometown club Viterbo, Leo was soon on the move to Inter and it was there that he made his Serie A debut on 14 May 2006 against Cagliari. Spells at Treviso and Pisa followed before Bonucci pitched up at Bari in 2009.
The defender flourished in Puglia and it wasn’t long before he attracted the attention of Azzurri boss Marcello Lippi. Making his debut against Cameroon in March 2010, Bonucci fought his way into Lippi’s World Cup squad.
A move to Juventus in the same year came shortly afterwards and the rest is history: four consecutive Scudetto titles, three Italian Super Cups and a Coppa Italia for Leo in his five years in Turin so far.