Massimiliano Allegri began his playing career as a midfielder for Cuoio Pelli Juventus in 1984. He moved to his hometown Livorno the following year, spending most of his early career playing in the lower leagues. He switched clubs very often, playing for Pisa and Pavia, before returning to Livorno for a second stint during 1989-1990.
He helped Pescara earn the promotion to Serie A in 1992, during which he scored 12 impressive goals from midfield, but could not save his team from relegation in last place.
Allegri spent two seasons with Cagliari and then another two seasons with Perugia, following which he had two short goalless stints with Padova and Napoli.
He returned to Pescara in 1998, and during his two seasons there, he scored four goals from 46 appearances. He spent the 2000-01 season with Pistoiese and the next two seasons with Aglianese, before announcing his retirement from professional football in 2003.
In 2004, Massimiliano Allegri became the manager of the Serie C2 team Aglianese. He had a successful season with the club, following which he had short stints with SPAL and Grosseto.
Unfortunately, his experience with Grosseto in Serie C1 was not a great one, and he was sacked from the team before the 2006-07 season. He then joined his mentor Giovanni Galeone as a coaching staff at Udinese, but was disqualified for three months because the Italian football laws clashed with his current role due to his ongoing contract.
Allegri became the head coach of the ambitious Serie C1 team Sassuolo in August 2007, and got his first taste of success by leading them to top league spots. They earned a historical first promotion to Serie B after clinching the 2007–08 Serie C1/A league title on April 27, 2008.
He replaced Davide Ballardini as the head coach of the Serie A side Cagliari on May 29, 2008, and managed a mid-table placement for the team despite starting off with five straight losses. He signed a two-year contract with Cagliari in October that year, which was announced in December, following their 1-0 home win against Palermo.
Despite limited resources and the lack of top-class players, he led Cagliari to an impressive ninth place finish in the 2008–09 season, for which he won the Panchina d'Oro, with other managers voting in his favor. In the next season, he helped the team reach 12th place with 40 points, but was unexpectedly removed from his post in April 2010.
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At the request of the top Serie A team Milan, Allegri was released from his contract on June 17, 2010, following which he took charge as the new manager of the club on June 25. He led the team to their first championship title since 2004.
In the 2011-12 season, he helped Milan win their sixth Supercoppa Italiana title; however, the team was knocked out of the semifinals at Coppa Italia and the quarter-finals at UEFA Champions League. When the team lost the Serie A title to rivals Juventus, Allegri drew criticism for selling veteran playmaker Andrea Pirlo to Juventus.
Following the retirement of some key players, Milan began the 2012-13 season poorly, but managed to finish in the 3rd place and earned a spot in the playoff round for the 2013–14 Champions League. While Allegri had mentioned that he would leave the club at the end of the 2013-14 season, he was relieved from his duties on January 13, 2014, with immediate effect.
On 16 July 2014, he replaced Antonio Conte as the head coach of Juventus, and guided the team to their fourth consecutive Serie A title and a record 10th Coppa Italia win. He also took them to their first Champions League final after 12 years, but lost the title to Milan, finishing as runner-up in the Supercoppa Italiana.
During the 2015-16 season, Allegri helped Juventus win the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana. On 17 May 2017, he helped the team secure their 12th Coppa Italia title and sixth consecutive Serie A title, registering an all-time record successive title wins.
Allegri, who has renewed his contract with Juventus until 2020, became the first manager in Europe's top five leagues to win four consecutive doubles with Coppa Italia and Serie A victories in May 2018. He has coached the team in over 250 matches and registered an enviable win percentage of 72.20 with a goal difference of +317.
Awards & Achievements
Massimiliano Allegri has won five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia titles, and three Supercoppa Italiana titles, apart from two runner-up finishes in the Champions League. He is the only manager to win four consecutive doubles in Europe's top five leagues.
He has been awarded the Panchina d'Oro title four times - once for Cagliari in 2008-09 and thrice for Juventus between 2014 and 2018.
Family & Personal Life
Massimiliano Allegri is considered quite a Casanova. He first dated a college-student named Erika. He was engaged to her for four years before cancelling his wedding two days prior to the scheduled event.
In 1994, he married Gloria Allegri, with whom he has a daughter named Valentina, who is an Instagram model and social media influencer. However, his marriage ended in a divorce in 1998, following which he became involved with a woman named Claudia, who gave birth to his son Giorgio in 2012.
During the early 2010s, he was spotted several times with his new flame, former Playboy Playmate Gloria Patrizi, sparking rumors that he was cheating on Claudia, who was pregnant at the time. Thereafter, Allegri and Claudia ended their 8-year-long relationship before the birth of their son. He is now dating Patrizi, with whom he often travels to exotic locations.