Former Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has hanged his boots after over 20 years career as a footballer.
The Italian announced his retirement at 39 years old on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 classifying his career on the pitch as “the most beautiful and intense journey” of his life.
In a tweet he said, “You have been my everything. With you I have travelled a unique and unforgettable path.”
He is now poised for new challenges in life.
“But now it is time to start new chapters, face new challenges and write further important and exciting pages of life.”
Chiellini was known for his strength, aggressiveness and man-marking, as well as his ability to play in either a three or four-man defense.
He made international debut for Italy in 2014 and received 117 caps- making him one of the highest capped.
He began his career at Livorno at six and joined Roma in 2002 before his retrun two years later to Livorno.
Chiellini was signed by Juventus in the summer 2004 for €6.5 million from Livorno but was immediately sold in a co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for €3.5 million. He was recalled to Juve in 2005.
Before his retirement yesterday, he signed for Los Angeles FC.