|Year of achievement||Team||National||European|
|Italian Super Cup||2013|
|Italian Super Cup||2012|
Leonardo Bonucci has established himself as one of the most reliably strong defensive performers in Italy, as confident on the ball as the very best creative midfielders and now an important part of both the Juventus and Azzurri setups.
The 27-year-old began his football career with hometown side Viterbo. Following a useful spell with Viterbese, he completed a move to Inter’s Primavera side, before making his Serie A debut on 14 May 2006 against Cagliari. Serie B side Treviso recruited him on loan in 2007/08, ahead of a move to Pisa in January 2009.
The centre-back was then signed by Bari, where he flourished under Ventura’s management, becoming an important part of a solid rearguard and making 38 appearances throughout the course of the season.
His first goal in the top division, a magnificent scissor-kick, came in the Bari v Palermo encounter. International recognition soon followed, with Marcello Lippi handing the defender his debut in a game against Cameroon on 3 March 2010, before subsequently including him in the Azzurri’s World Cup squad.
Bonucci’s fine performances as part of the three-time Scudetto-winning Juventus side also saw him become a prominent part of Cesare Prandelli’s Euro 2012 back line as well as being called up to the squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.