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      12 years of Giorgio Chiellini

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      442 appearances, 34 goals, 12 titles, one Giorgio Chiellini. ‘King Kong’ looks back on some unforgettable moments in his Bianconeri career so far

      14 OCTOBER 2005: JUVENTUS DEBUT

      “I was full of emotion on the day. I’d arrived two months earlier, but – as happens with all young players who arrive at the club – I needed a bit of time to work my way into a team that was brimming with champions.

      “Just think that in that match, I came on for Ballon d’Or winner and current Juventus vice-president, Pavel Nedved. When you join this club, you’re thrown into a completely different environment and at the start it can be tough. Gradually, however, I managed to hold down a place in the side.”

      6 MAY 2012: FIRST OF SIX STRAIGHT SCUDETTI

      “The emotions that I felt that night in Trieste were as amazing in terms of intensity, as the Champions League defeats in Berlin and Cardiff were painful.

      “It was the crowning moment of an incredible year in which we overtook Milan in the table and ended up going the whole season unbeaten.

      “The sheer explosion of joy at the final whistle was one of the greatest moments I’ve ever experienced.”

      20 MAY 2015: GOAL & CUP WIN AS CAPTAIN

      “That Coppa Italia final against Lazio was a really special match because I scored the opener and dedicated the goal to my daughter, who was born just a few months later.

      “It was the first time that I won silverware while wearing the captain’s armband and that too meant a lot to me. This was also the first trophy of three consecutive double-winning seasons – the start of an extraordinary achievement that we were all dreaming of at the time.

      “In 2015 and 2017, we were so close to winning the treble, and when one thinks about it again, there remains some disappointment for having only just missed out. Nonetheless, we’re also aware of the fact that we achieved something very special indeed.”

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