Famous Italian Football Players

Find out more about the greatest Italian Football Players, including Carlo Ancelotti, Claudio Ranieri, Mario Balotelli, Francesco Totti and Andrea Pirlo.

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 1 Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carrara, Italy
Gianluigi Buffon is an Italian footballer, often considered the greatest goalkeeper of all time. The first goalkeeper to receive the Golden Foot Award, Buffon was included in Pelé's FIFA 100 list in 2004. He is also well-known for his charity work; in 2019, he was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations' World Food Programme.

 2 Francesco Totti

Francesco Totti
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Famous As: Italian Footballer
Birthdate: September 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Italian footballer Francesco Totti is known for his 25-year stint with Roma. Nicknamed “The Golden Boy” and “The Gladiator,” he led Roma to win the Serie A and the Coppa Italia. He was also part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup-winning Italian team. He was named to Pele’s FIFA 100

 3 Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Paolo Maldini is an Italian former professional footballer widely regarded as one of the greatest ever defenders. He played primarily as a left-back and central defender and was affiliated with Milan and the Italian national team. Currently, he is serving as the technical director for Milan. He is also the co-owner of the USL Championship club Miami FC.  

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 4 Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Conegliano, Veneto, Italy

Alessandro Del Piero is an Italian former football player. Renowned for his creativity, he is often counted among the best players of his generation. He is also widely regarded as one of Italy's greatest players of all time. A prolific goal-scorer, Del Piero scored 346 goals during his playing career, making him the second-highest Italian goal-scorer of all time.

 5 Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo
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Famous As: Italian footballer
Birthdate: May 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Flero, Italy

Italian professional football coach and former player. Andrea Pirlo, is currently the head coach of football club Juventus. As a player, he was known for his ball control. He retired after playing 116 matches for the Italian national football team. He was elected into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

 6 Roberto Baggio

Roberto Baggio
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Caldogno
Italian former footballer Roberto Baggio is the only Italian to score goals in three World Cups, in 1990, 1994, and 1998. He was the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1993. Nicknamed “The Divine Ponytail" for his peculiar hairstyle, he also became the Goodwill Ambassador of the UN’s FAO.

 7 Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
The talented but crazy Italian striker Mario Balotelli is one of the most intriguing and exciting footballers around. Love him or hate him, TIME Magazine in 2013 called him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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 8 Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Reggiolo

Carlo Ancelotti had humble beginnings as a midfielder in Italian club football. He was part of the Italian national squad in two World Cups and one UEFA Euro, and is one of three managers who have won the UEFA Champions League thrice, twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid.

 9 Ciro Immobile

Ciro Immobile
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torre Annunziata

Ciro Immobile is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker. He is currently affiliated with Serie A club Lazio and the Italian national team. He began playing football as a young boy and made his professional debut in his late teens. He has played with several teams, including Juventus, Genoa, Torino, and Sevilla in the past. 

 10 Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Corigliano Calabro
Italian former footballer Gennaro Gattuso is best known for his stint with Milan and won titles such as the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup with them. He was part of Italian squad that won the FIFA World Cup 2006. He now manages the football club Napoli.

 11 Fabio Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Italian former football star Fabio Cannavaro was part of his country’s 2006 World Cup-winning team and now coaches the Chinese football club Guangzhou. He has won awards such as the Ballon d'Or and was the only defender to earn the FIFA World Player of the Year tag.

 12 Christian Vieri

Christian Vieri
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Famous As: Former Footballer Striker position
Birthdate: July 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

 13 Lorenzo Insigne

Lorenzo Insigne
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naples

Lorenzo Insigne is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a forward. He is currently affiliated with Serie A club Napoli and the Italian national team. He has over a decade’s experience as a professional and can play on either flank or through the center. He is known for his technical ability, speed, and accuracy from free kicks. 

 14 Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: November 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jesi

 15 Marco Verratti

Marco Verratti
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pescara

Best known as a central midfielder for Paris Saint-Germain and the Italian national team, Marco Verratti was part of his country’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. He began his career with Pescara and worked his way up with hard work. He was knighted by the Italian government.

 16 Filippo Inzaghi

Filippo Inzaghi
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: August 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Piacenza

 17 Sebastian Giovinco

Sebastian Giovinco
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Turin

Nicknamed the Atomic Ant due to his short stature, Sebastian Giovinco had begun his career with the Juventus youth team. Known for his dribbling skills and ball control tactics, he has been named one of the world’s 100 best footballers by publications such as The Guardian.

 18 Paolo Rossi

Paolo Rossi
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prato, Italy
Died: December 9, 2020

 19 Franco Baresi

Franco Baresi
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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: May 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Travagliato, Italy

 20 Daniele De Rossi

Daniele De Rossi
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Lazio, Italy

Daniele De Rossi is an Italian football coach and former player. He is currently serving as the national football team's assistant coach. A defensive midfielder during his playing career, Daniele helped his team win the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He is the highest-scoring midfielder for Italy post-World War II.

 21 Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola
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Famous As: Football manager
Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oliena, Italy

 22 Davide Astori

Davide Astori
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Giovanni Bianco, Italy
Died: March 4, 2018

 23 Matteo Darmian

Matteo Darmian
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Legnano

 24 Giuseppe Rossi

Giuseppe Rossi
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Clifton

 25 Claudio Marchisio

Claudio Marchisio
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Turin

 26 Moise Kean

Moise Kean
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Famous As: Football player - Forward
Birthdate: February 28, 2000
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vercelli, Italy

 27 Dino Zoff

Dino Zoff
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mariano del Friuli, Italy

 28 Antonio Di Natale

Antonio Di Natale
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Naples

 29 Federico Macheda

Federico Macheda
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome

 30 Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome

 31 Simone Zaza

Simone Zaza
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Policoro

 32 Luca Toni

Luca Toni
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pavullo Nel Frignano, Italy

 33 Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello
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Famous As: Football Player & Manager
Birthdate: June 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Canzian d'Isonzo, Italy

Fabio Capello is a former footballer and manager. As a player, he won several trophies in a career that spanned over 15 years. Renowned for creating opportunities for his teammates, Capello is considered one of the best Italian footballers of his generation. He also had a successful career as a manager and is considered one of the greatest managers ever.

 34 Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lecce

Antonio Conte is an Italian football manager who has worked with popular teams like Juventus Football Club and Chelsea Football Club. A former player, Conte was widely regarded as one of the most prominent Italian midfielders at that time. One of the most influential and celebrated players in Juventus' history, Antonio Conte helped the team win the UEFA Champions League.

 35 Marco Materazzi

Marco Materazzi
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lecce, Italy

 36 Fabio Borini

Fabio Borini
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bentivoglio

 37 Daniel Maldini

Daniel Maldini
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Famous As: Footballer attacking midfielder
Birthdate: October 11, 2001
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

 38 Fabio Quagliarella

Fabio Quagliarella
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 31, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Castellammare di Stabia

 39 Andrea Barzagli

Andrea Barzagli
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fiesole

 40 Gianluca Vialli

Gianluca Vialli
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Famous As: Association football player, Journalist, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cremona

Gianluca Vialli is an Italian former football player who played as a striker. He scored 286 goals in more than 500 appearances and is the  tenth-highest scoring Italian footballer in all competitions. After his retirement, he became manager of the English football club Chelsea and was one of the club's most successful managers.

 41 Giuseppe Meazza

Giuseppe Meazza
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: August 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Milan
Died: August 21, 1979

 42 Leonardo Bonucci

Leonardo Bonucci
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Viterbo

Italian footballer Leonardo Bonucci is best known as a seasoned center-back for Juventus and the Italian national team. Known for his great passing abilities, he has also represented AC Milan. An anti-bullying activist, he has participated in several related campaigns and penned a book on his experiences with bullying, too.

 43 Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri
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Famous As: association football player, association football manager
Birthdate: January 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Naples

 44 Alessandro Nesta

Alessandro Nesta
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 45 Manolo Gabbiadini

Manolo Gabbiadini
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 26, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Calcinate

 46 Domenico Berardi

Domenico Berardi
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cariati

 47 Simone Inzaghi

Simone Inzaghi
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Famous As: Association football manager, Association football player
Birthdate: April 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Piacenza

 48 Stephan El Shaarawy

Stephan El Shaarawy
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Savona

Stephan El Shaarawy is an Italian football player who was regarded as a potentially world-class player and one of the most promising youngsters at the beginning of his career. El Shaarawy represents his national team as well as the Serie A club Roma. Renowned for his pace and agility, El Shaarawy's playing style has often drawn comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo.

 49 Luciano Spalletti

Luciano Spalletti
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Famous As: Association football player, A.S. Roma, Association football manager
Birthdate: March 7, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Certaldo

 50 Massimiliano Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri
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Famous As: Italian Football Manager
Birthdate: August 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Livorno

Massimiliano Allegri is an Italian football coach and former player. As a player, he was associated with various Italian clubs as a midfielder. He began his managerial career in 2003 and went on to win the Panchina d'Oro Award for best Serie A coach in 2009. He joined Juventus in 2014 and helped the team win four consecutive domestic doubles.