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Name Giorgio Chiellini
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer
Desc While what makes Rio Ferdinand one of the best defenders of all time is his footballing ability, what makes Giorgio Chiellini one of the best is his sheer will to win, busting or breaking almost every inch of his body to do just that. In an exorbitant number of the 500+ games he has played for Juventus, Chiellini has busted his head wide open, broke his nose, turned his knee, rolled his ankle, had abdominal influenza

Affiliation

Org Italy National Team
Club as Player Juventus

Education

University University of Turin

2011 06 11 Retrieve

[Giorgio Chiellini on Ireland] All due respect to Ireland, but they haven’t got much quality and it irritates me to have lost to them

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez and The FIFA Ban] I have always considered unequivocal the disciplinary interventions by the competent bodies but, at the same time, I believe that the proposed formula is excessive. Now inside me there’s no feelings of joy, revenge or anger against Suarez for an incident that happened on the pitch and that’s done. At the moment, my only thought is for Luis and his family, because they will face a very difficult period

2017 04 08 Retrieve

[Giorgio Chiellini writes about completing his degree in Business Administration and successfully writing a thesis on the club’s business model at the University of Turin] To the end. This motto accompanies me every day on the field and it has supported me over these years spent with my head in the books. I’m proud of this degree; proud to have done it. Happy to have reached this objective

2017 08 12 Retrieve

[Giorgio Chiellini tells that the club will recover after the departure of Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan] Bonucci? Andrea Pirlo and Vidal also left, as did Paul Pogba. It takes a while to adapt and you also have to wait for the new signings [to settle in]. Maybe we’ve lost something from our game, but we have the best attack. Maybe Miralem Pjanic will drop back a bit

2017 10 21 Retrieve

[Giorgio Chiellini gives an insight into long-time team-mate Gianluigi Buffon] Gigi is an extrovert. He’s always smiling and there are no airs and graces about him. He’s always a role model for his team-mates, both young and old alike

2018 03 10 Retrieve

[Giorgio Chiellini pays tribute to Davide Astori] We dedicate this win to him but not only this match. I cry many times, I always believe in him because he was a fantastic player. It’s very difficult during the match because we have to think of the game and our opponents. It is not easy but he’s always in our heart. And tomorrow we go to give last ‘ciao’ together with our team-mates. It’s difficult but we have to continue our lives. I think for us he was important for our national team, he always brought positive emotion and always smiled. We would like to continue to smile in our heart

2019 01 19 Retrieve

[Giorgio Chiellini tells that Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in Turin makes them UEFA Champions League contenders] Cristiano scored many, many, many times against us and he broke my dreams many times - in Cardiff, in Madrid, in Turin. Before, the Champions League was a dream. Now it is a target because Cristiano is the best player in the world and we need him to make the last step

2020 05 11 Retrieve

[Chiellini explains why he hugged Koulibaly after late own goal] I think back to our embrace on the Allianz Stadium pitch after his own goal on August 31. The way I am, that gesture of mine almost displeased me; perhaps it would have been better to hug him in the locker room and keep this moment just between us. But it happened spontaneously. I looked for Kalidou, going to him on crutches. The night before, he sent me a ‘good luck’ message. With him, I have always had a wonderful relationship. Such a strong player, such a good person and in the 92nd minute of a crucial game, he makes a mistake like that! Seeing the look on his face melted me. I felt I had to say a few words of comfort, nothing more: ‘You are the best, everyone makes mistakes, keep on working the way you do and everything will pass

[Chiellini also revealed he and Koulibaly were in regular contact when the Italian was ruled out for six months with his cruciate ligament injury] Of course I suffered, like everyone else, but it was also beautiful. Everyone called me, starting with my friends. I must have read hundreds of messages, some of them I was expecting, others less, others not at all. I was very pleased to read Javier Zanetti 9484afd5836d307b314a404d745a9a68, I hadn’t heard from him before. Another one I didn’t expect was Pepe Reina, the former Napoli goalkeeper, who sent some very nice words. Other Napoli players called, for example [Lorenzo] Insigne and Koulibaly, but I already had a relationship with them, which wasn’t the case with Reina. I respect Koulibaly a lot and we got to talk to each other, to understand what kind of person he is

2020 05 16 Retrieve

[Chiellini says Injuring Salah in Champions League final was a Ramos masterstroke] Critics can say that he is impulsive, not tactical at all and that because of him there are eight or 10 extra goals conceded a season. If I caused an extra two or three goals, I wouldn’t live anymore. He is very technical and could be a striker, we are opposites. However, he has two characteristics almost no-one has.

The first is knowing how to be decisive in important games. He makes interventions beyond any logic, even with injuries that he causes with almost diabolical cunning. Salah’s was a masterstroke. He always said that he didn’t mean to injure him, but he was aware that falling that way and without letting go of his grip, nine times out of 10 you can break your rival’s arm.

The second is the force he transmits with his presence. Without him, stars like Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal and Marcelo seem like kids from the Primavera team. Without him, Madrid becomes defenceless.”

[Chiellini pointed to the stunning 4-1 home Champions League loss to Ajax in 2019 as an instance that his loss was critical to Madrid] After the first match, they gave him a two-game ban because he was honest: he said that in life you have to choose and had looked for a card to wipe his record before the quarter-finals. With him at the Bernabeu, they can be sure that they would not have lost by a three-goal margin. I’d bet whatever you want

2020 05 16b Retrieve

[Giorgio Chiellini praised Cristiano Ronaldo and said the Juventus star went to another level when it came to the Champions League] Cristiano is doing well even though he had that knee problem that slowed him down for a month and a half. He changed the way he played compared to when he was younger. He is enhanced with the big games. Maybe against the small teams he makes a performance that seems subdued. With the big ones, he is incredible. In the Champions League, he turns. He feels it coming and he turns the engine up

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[Giorgio Chiellini on Mbappe vs Neymar] I think that Mbappe is better than Neymar because he’s more consistent. The future belongs to him. He’s a truly unique player. He was an unstoppable striker and was only 18 years old. That year, we faced them in the semi-finals. Now he’s 21 and he’s already a world champion. Allure, technique, instinct, he doesn’t miss anything. He’s a player who exudes something, who is a priceless masterpiece

2020 06 14 Retrieve

[Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini admits he is delighted to be lining up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo - affirming that he prefers having the record-breaking striker as a team-mate than an opponent] Unfortunately he scored a lot against us. Luckily he’s now a teammate of mine. He’s on another level, you can see it and I think it’s fair to admit that. He gave Juve a lot. When you have such a champion it’s a shame if you don’t make the most of him

[Chiellini also had warm praise for long-time colleague Gianluigi Buffon, who at 42 is still going strong for the Bianconeri between the posts] He’s an older brother. In the last 15 years he’s the person I have seen most on earth. He’s a person who always manages to bring out the right words in decisive moments to change the fate of a season. He’s a splendid person who has taught me a lot. We are different but as he was able to come up with words in the decisive moments

2020 06 14b Retrieve

[Juventus star Giorgio Chiellini says that is planning on reassessing his future after next season as the defender says he’s hoping to continue on with his playing career] Next year I’ll see how I feel. I’ll play for another year, then let’s see. I could play for another year after that, I would like to continue in football because it’s my life. I would prefer a management role than as a coach, but in life you never know

[Chiellini says that he has seen greatness while watching Guardiola work as he expressed his admiration for the Spanish manager] I think he has something different to the other. I saw the first two episodes of the City documentary, in which he talks to the players and you see his charisma, mentality. That makes him special. For a football lover, two episodes of the City documentary are enough to understand the greatness of mind. I wasn’t lucky enough to meet him, but I think he has something extra

[The defender has remained on as captain even with Buffon’s return, and he says he is glad that the honour came to him later in his career] Being captain, on the one hand, is more tiring than being a phenomenon, but at the beginning you have less pressure. There are many who are 17 years old with many expectations that ruin a career