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Name Leonardo Bonucci
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer
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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 14 Retrieve

[Leonardo Bonucci will be glad to see Cristiano Ronaldo back on the pitch for Portugal] I like to look forward, not back. There will be time to talk but now we are with the national teams. He will play with Portugal - that means he is physically better and mentally great. And I am here to represent Italy. In Turin, we will talk. There are still many games in which we will need the best Ronaldo. I am convinced that, for him, too, the goal is to be better than the past to achieve team and personal goals

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

2019 11 17 Retrieve

[Leonardo Bonucci believes Italy are not yet at the same level as Spain, France, Germany and England] We will reach the level of the top teams in Europe but we still need to improve to compete against those teams who have achieved something important in recent years. We are not at the level of Spain, France, Germany and England because of our lack of experience. They have a lot of world-class players and we don’t, but we have all the qualities and the potential to reach that level

[The great Arrigo Sacchi recently hailed Italy’s performances under head coach Roberto Mancini] Thanks to Arrigo Sacchi for the compliments, it is such a pleasure to receive nice words from someone like him. I was not expecting 10 wins, but of course I was expecting qualification. Winning games was not our priority at the beginning. Our main task was to do something new and different to make our fans happy and passionate again. Then, we wanted to give our players a winning mentality, because this is the best way to achieve success

2019 11 28 Retrieve

[Veteran defender is hoping his side’s group-winning form will have earned them an easier ride] I would like to avoid Tottenham. With the arrival of Mourinho, in some games he can give them something extra. But February and March are a long way off. In knockout games, without wanting to take anything away from [Mauricio] Pochettino, Mourinho knows how to drag something more out of his players

[Bonucci says there are no problems with him] Everything is clarified with Cristiano Ronaldo, we have talked about it. The important thing is that when somebody isn’t in top form, there is another ready to replace him. We have more than one player who is proving to be at the top level. We are a group, we must be competitive until the end. The goal is to be at the top in the spring. Every day [with Matthijs de Ligt] you see the improvements and the qualities of a great player. He is a very humble boy who can still improve and with these qualities he will surely become one of the best in the world

We knew that with the arrival of Antonio Conte, Inter would return to fight at the top of the table and in the Champions League. I think of my team, we aim to give our best to get to the latter stages of every competition and lift trophies. We have had a good run so far, we have achieved a small goal that could allow us to have an easier draw, but now we need to think about the league again

2019 12 05 Retrieve

[Juventus defender Bonucci claims AC Milan move matured him] If I think back to the Leonardo I was two or three years ago, I would not have made certain decisions. The decision to go to Milan, as everyone knows, made me mature as a man. It was a big chance and perhaps too big for the man I was at the time. The young Leonardo was a bit too fiery. When you meet someone who gives you good advice for your own, you must have the humility to listen

I watched a lot of Alessandro Nesta videos, as he had similar characteristics, studied carefully and applied myself

[Bonucci revealed Sarri’s style is very different from his predecessor’s, Massimiliano Allegri] It was a total transformation compared to the way we played before. You have to press the reset button on what you did before because now this is very different. The first thing is to accept the change because what you did in your comfort zone is not the only way

2020 02 13 Retrieve

[Leonardo Bonucci conceded his side struggled againts AC Milan and had to settle for a frustrating 1-1 draw in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg at San Siro] An away goal is important for a double leg, but we cannot be satisfied. We gave away a lot, and so we have to change gears, while staying compact and giving something more. We are where we should be right now, but we have to put into practice what we do during the week and continue to grow as a team. The management of the game and the dribbling must be better, we must put our players in a position to make a difference in the final 30 metres

2020 02 26 Retrieve

[Leonardo Bonucci blasts Juve after toothless Lyon defeat] I could tell something wasn’t switched on. We were second to every ball. We got the first half wrong. We were second to every ball. In some games, you pay for the tiniest error. We were too stretched out, not aggressive enough and that is an issue of mentality, we should’ve woken up earlier

They hit us when we were down to 10 men; that was the little moment when they were smart to hurt us. Now we have to get our heads focused on what awaits us on Sunday, then we absolutely must qualify in the second leg

I didn’t tell Matuidi off, I told him the team includes those who are on the bench and we must all be ready to contribute. I could tell something wasn’t switched on with the 11 starters either. We’ve got to sort this out, as these are the things that make the difference

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Leonardo Bonucci has admitted to being in awe of Cristiano Ronaldo’s physique upon his return from lockdown] He is a super athlete, a great professional. He told me what he did to keep fit during the quarantine. He presented himself in perfect condition. He cannot amaze, he is a champion, from all points of view

[The 33-year-old admits that he rushed into his decision to leave Juve following their 2017 European Cup final defeat at the hands of Real Madrid, but insists that the whole experience helped shape his character] It was a difficult year for me. Both on a personal and working level. There had been disagreements and I, in the end, especially after the defeat in the Champions League, made an unpolished decision - but I have to say that that choice, that it certainly influenced my career, it improved me as a man. Those months at Milan allowed me to look inside and understand that my place was in Juventus, in this one that I feel like my family. I met beautiful people at Milan before among these Rino Gattuso. It was a difficult year, but not in vain. At the end of which I was very happy to go home

2020 06 07b Retrieve

[Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has compared Maurizio Sarri and Massimiliano Allegri] Allegri is very good at managing the locker room in the most difficult moments of a season, to make the team understand how to manage the time of a match. He, in his five years, was a master in this. Sarri is meticulous, passionate about tactics, he likes to make the team play well. He also learned, in these months of Juve, what it means to be in the black and white world, where nothing is ever forgiven for failure. Since he is with us, I have seen significant growth. He has a great wealth of football knowledge but has been able to question himself, he has had the humility to understand the dynamics of this collective. I was pleasantly surprised, really. We have daily contacts, moments of confrontation. He is someone who wants to improve. I want to improve by understanding his football, which is original, different from what I’ve known before.

I hope it will arrive at the normal end of the championship. If it were not so, a lot of stories, controversies, appeals would arise. I am not in favour of other hypotheses. If you stop, better finish it there and do not assign anything. Hopefully we arrive on August 2nd and announce a winner. Hopefully it’s Juve

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Leonardo Bonucci backed Juventus team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo following his unsuccessful penalty against Milan en route to the Coppa Italia final] Even the greatest miss. Cristiano is always important for us. He increases the pressure on opponents’ defenders. He was unfortunate today and [Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi] Donnarumma did well. We’ll see a great Juventus and a great Ronaldo again

[Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, Serie A leaders Juve were a point clear of Lazio after 26 matches] The important thing was to qualify so we could play in Rome for our first objective of the season. It was strange and difficult at the start, an empty stadium after 90 days. We got a bit stretched out and Milan did very well with 10 men against 11. It was a draw, but we must look at the glass half-full, as our objective was to reach the final on Wednesday. We’ve shaken off a dark moment for the whole world and hope being back will give a bit of hope and joy to the fans at home. We want to dedicate something more to them on Wednesday

I asked Ronaldo to take a more central role, he was pleased to try it out and he played the game he needed to at this moment. He probably isn’t accustomed to missing a penalty, so hitting the inside of the post it could go anywhere and he was unlucky. I don’t think playing him a few metres more one way or another is going to make a huge difference to such a strong player. Everyone had a strong opening 30 minutes and then faded away