An Italian defender who plays for Juventus and the Italian national team, Giorgio Chiellini is started his career as a left back and has developed a reputation for being one of the most consistent and hard tackling defenders in world football. He has helped his club Juventus to win several Serie A titles as well as Supercoppa Italiana and Serie B titles.
Chiellini began his club career at Livorno at the age of six where he made his professional debut in 2000. He stayed at his boyhood club for another four years before signing for Fiorentina in 2004 for €6.5 million. He was a regular at the club where he played 42 matches scoring three goals. A year later he signed for his current club Juventus for €4.3 million.
Under manager Fabio Capello Chiellini made 23 appearances in his first season at the club helping the club to their 29th scudetto which was later assigned to Inter Milan following the Calciopoli scandal. He started playing centre back at the side partnering the likes of Nicola Leggrottaglie, Jean-Alain Boumsong and Robert Kovac. He helped the club to gain promotion back to the Serie A and he has played the majority of his Juve career at centre back but in recent seasons under Antonio Conte he has been deployed in the left back role.
Chiellini made his international debut for Italy in 2004 and he has been a regular ever since. He was selected to play in the 2008 UEFA EURO Championship and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He scored his first international goal against Faroe Islands in a 3-1 win in November 2007.