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Name Leonardo Bonucci
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer

Affiliation

Org Italy National Team
Club as Player Juventus
  AC Milan
  Viterbese

2017 04 22 Retrieve

[Leonardo Bonucci speaks of his delight in swapping shirts with Lionel Messi] Getting Messi’s shirt at the end of the game? I was pleased to have the jersey of the best player in the world. My son will be very happy

2017 07 22 Retrieve

[Leonardo Bonucci shares his thoughts on joining the Rossoneri] When you think of AC Milan, you naturally think of the team’s history, of all those champions who have worn the famous team colours. I think of Franco Baresi, Billy Costacurta, Paulo Maldini, Alexander Nesta, Tassotti. I admire them for what they have given to football and this club. They are legends. I arrive today to start writing a new page in the Rossoneri history and in my career. The challenge begins now, a new adventure starts today together with colleagues who, like me, are so hungry to win

2017 07 29 Retrieve

[Leonardo Bonucci reveals he played as a forward before solidifying his position as a defender] I started defending at 16, before playing as a defensive midfielder. I even played a few games as a striker, but then in my year with Viterbese in the Beretti [youth league], Carlo Perrone told me that if I wanted to become someone, I had to become a centre-back

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[Leonardo Bonucci was asked what he thought about Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments and subsequent performance] I like to look forward and not back. There will be time to talk, now I want to think about the national team. He will play with Portugal, meaning that he physically he’s better and mentally he’s great as ever. When we return to Turin, there will be a way to meet and talk. There are still many games where we’ll need the best Ronaldo. I’m convinced that his objective is to improve with respect to the past and help Juventus achieve all their objectives

[Leonardo Bonucci has his sights set on fellow defender Giacinto Facchetti’s mark of 94, a record he will tie today] Reaching 94 caps like Facchetti is important for me. I’m fired up as it is to reach Gianluca Zambrotta’s 98. The important thing, then, is to show, against Bosnia that Italy treat every game in the same way. Of course, we’ll need desire and sacrifice to show we want to stay on our path with Roberto Mancini, who gave the Italian people their enthusiasm back

A lot has changed from the Sweden game, the coach but also the FIGC president who’s given us a breath of fresh air. Mancini’s very good at making us feel like a strong team, which we hadn’t felt like since our failure to qualify for the World Cup. It’s also thanks to a new philosophy: the first form of defence here is attack. It had been seen just before Mancini arrived

[Leonardo Bonucci will today play against Bosnia-Herzegovina, who will have Scudetto rival, AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko] Dzeko’s a truly great, international-level player and not just for Bosnia. He’s done very well in so many different Leagues. He has physical strength, technique and ruthlessness in front of the goal: I really like him. However, we’ve studied the first game, where we suffered: now we know how to mark him better