Giorgio Chiellini, who led Juventus to their ninth consecutive Serie A title, is leaving the club.
Chiellini took to social media on Wednesday to say, “It has been the most beautiful and intense journey of my life. Football has been my everything. We travelled a special and unforgettable path together. But now it’s time to start a new chapter, to face new challenges and write more important pages in my life,” he said in announcing his retirement.랭크카지노
A defender who represented Italy and Serie A, Chiellini made his professional debut in 2000 with Livorno Calcio. He went on to play for Fiorentina before joining his destined club, Juventus, where he played a key role in the Bianconeri’s glory days of the 2010s.
Along with Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Pirlo, the Bianconeri boasted a number of Italy’s greatest players at the time, with Chiellini an integral part of one of the most formidable defences in the country.
Chiellini spent 17 years with Juventus, winning nine Serie A titles, five Coppa Italia titles and finishing runner-up in the European Champions League, most notably a record-breaking run of nine consecutive Serie A titles from 2011-12 to 2019-20.
Chiellini’s influence on the Italian national team has also been immense, first earning a call-up in 2004 and becoming a mainstay in the squad from 2008. At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he was the first-choice centre-back alongside Fabio Cannavaro, and at Euro 2012 he led Italy to the final, where they finished as runners-up.
At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, he made a rare appearance. Chiellini was playing for Italy against Uruguay in the third round of the World Cup group stage when Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez was filmed biting Chiellini. He also scored a hat-trick in Euro 2014 qualifying despite being a defender.
At Euro 2020, the last tournament he captained the Azzurri, Chiellini played a solid, seasoned defence all the way to the final, helping Italy win their first Euro in 53 years.
Chiellini then left Europe in June 2022 to join LAFC in the American Major League Soccer (MLS). He has remained a consistent performer for LAFC and gave an interview on 10 October following the MLS Cup final defeat that hinted at his retirement. He said: “It’s been a beautiful journey. I’ve been very focused and now I need to enjoy my time with my family and make the decision to go back to Italy. I don’t like to change my mind,” he wrote on social media, confirming his decision to retire.
Meanwhile, it is likely that Chiellini will return to Juventus, where he spent most of his playing career. “I see Juventus in my future,” Chiellini said in an interview hinting at his retirement, explaining that he plans to return to the club in a non-coaching role, saying that “coaching players doesn’t mean much to me”.