Giorgio Chiellini is one of the finest defenders in the world. A merciless fighter, ready to fill in wherever required and always showing total commitment to the cause: these are the attributes that have made him vice-captain of Juventus.
Beginning his career as a full-back, Chiellini soon moved inside and found the position that best suits his attributes, cementing his place as a mainstay of the Bianconeri and the Italian national side in the process.
The 30-year-old’s aerial abilities make him an asset in either penalty area, and he regularly weighs in with vital goals. And not just headed ones either: he also has remarkable ability with the ball at his feet, as he showed when he dispatched a striker’s finish in the 2013 Super Cup Final.
The tough tackling centre-back made 39 appearances in all competitions during the 2013/14 season and played in all three of the Azzurri’s group stage matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
A moment to cherish came when he crossed the prestigious 300-appearance milestone against Roma in 2014, a landmark achievement which saw his shirt displayed as part of an exclusive club at Juventus Museum.
Chiellini also displays his intelligence off the field, having graduated with top marks in Economic Sciences.