Who are the best Italian football players in the italy national team? Read up on what Italy’s golden team is made of. We base ourselves on thé Italian sports newspaper.

The Italian national soccer team has won the European Championships. It went indeed very well. Striking aspect of this team: it has no big names, but the mostly young Italian football players play with conviction and team spirit. They have an attractive, attacking approach of playing football (soccer, if you like).

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We briefly introduce the main players: a few basic details and a picture of everyone’s social media page. We also give the average rating (during the EC), which we got from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the most famous sports newspaper in the world.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Europe’s best goalie

  • Born (age): Feb 25, 1999 (22 years)
  • Position: Goal keeper
  • Club: Paris Saint Germain
  • Caps 33 (7 during the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 8,3    

Giovanni Di Lorenzo

The Tuscan defender of Naples

  • Born (age): August 4, 1993 (27 years)
  • Birthplace: near Lucca (Tuscany)
  • Position: Right wing defender
  • Club: Napoli
  • Caps: 13 (6 in the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 6,4

Giorgio Chiellini

Oldest player is heart of defense

  • Born (Age): August 14, 1984 (36 years)
  • Birthplace: Pisa (Tuscany)
  • Position: Central defender
  • Club: Juventus
  • Caps: 112 (5 in the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 7,6

Leonardo Bonucci

The team’s pivot

  • Born (age): May 1, 1987 (34 years)
  • Birthplace: Viterbo (north of Rome)
  • Position: Central defender
  • Club: Juventus
  • Caps: 109 (7 during the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 7,2

Francesco Acerbi

A Milanese in Rome

  • Born (age): February 10, 1988 (33 years)
  • Birthplace: Near Milan
  • Position: Central defender
  • Club: Lazio
  • Caps: 17 (3 in the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 6,5

Leonardo Spinazzola

Only an injury stopped him

  • Born (age): March 25, 1993 (28 years)
  • Birthplace: Foligno (Umbria)
  • Position: Left wing defender
  • Club: Roma
  • Caps: 18 (4 in the EC) – Injured
  • Gazzetta rating: 7,5

Nicolò Barella

Star at the heart of Inter’s championship

  • Born (age): February 7, 1997 (24 years)
  • Birthplace: Cagliari (Sardinia)
  • Position: Central midfield
  • Club: Inter
  • Caps: 29 (6 in the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 6,1

Jorginho (Jorge Luiz Frello Filho)

Brazilian flair

  • Born (age): December 20, 1991
  • Birthplace: In Brasil
  • Position: Defensive midfield
  • Club: Chelsea
  • Caps: 35 (7 during the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 7,1

Manuel Locatelli

The surprise goal getter

  • Born (age): January 8, 1998 (23 years)
  • Birthplace: Lecco (Lake Como)
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Club: Sassuolo
  • Caps: 15 (5 during the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 6,8

Marco Verratti

The Andrea Pirlo of the 2020s

  • Born (age): November 5, 1992 (28 years)
  • Birthplace: Pescara (Central Italy)
  • Position: Central midfielder
  • Club: Paris Saint-Germain
  • Caps: 45 (5 in the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 6,6

Federico Chiesa

No tattoo dribbler

  • Born (age): Oct 25, 1997 (23 years)
  • Birthplace: Genoa
  • Position: Attack – Right winger
  • Club: Juventus
  • Caps: 32 (7 during the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 7,0

Matteo Pessina

Left-footed, right talent

  • Born (Age): April 21, 1997 (23 years)
  • Birthplace: Monza (near Milan)
  • Position: Attacking midfield
  • Club: Atalanta
  • Caps: 8 (4 in the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 6,8

Ciro Immobile

Mobile power in the front

  • Born (Age): Feb 20, 1990 (31 years)
  • Birthplace: near Naples
  • Position: Center forward
  • Club: Lazio
  • Caps: 52 (6 in the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 5,9

Andrea Belotti

Loyal pillar to his club and national team

  • Born (age): December 20, 1993 (27 years)
  • Birthplace: near Bergamo
  • Position: Striker
  • Club: Torino
  • Caps: 39 (6 in the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 6,2

Lorenzo Insigne

The Napoleon of the team

  • Born (age): June 4, 1991 (30 years)
  • Birthplace: Napoli (Naples)
  • Position: Left winger
  • Club: Napoli
  • Caps: 47 (6 in the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 6,7

Domenico Berardi

Striker with most tackles

  • Born (age): August 1, 1994 (26 years)
  • Birthplace: Calabria
  • Position: Right winger
  • Club: Sassuolo
  • Caps: 17 (6 during the EC)
  • Gazzetta rating: 6,6

Italy hits the streets

Italian football players

So, in short Italy national football team is a golden team. Here are a few more facts about the Azzurri (the blues – because of the shirt color), as they are also called:

Italian football players
The Stadio Olimpico in Rome (during a match of AS Roma) © Original italystart.com Photo

Who is the best Italian soccer player?

Based on the European Football Championship 2021 and the Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta, the best are: Donnarumma, Chiellini and Jorginho.

To which club do the Italian football players belong?

The Italian national team 2021 has a particular mix. Players hardly come from Juventus and Milan, but mostly from lesser-known clubs like Atalanta and Sassuolo.

In conclusion: the fabulous play of… Fantozzi

The good play of the Italian football players does not mean that at the grassroots level things are also going well, as seen in this clip from Fantozzi, or the Italian comedian Paolo Villaggio:

Ewout is based in Rome as Italy correspondent and writer (8 books). The Dutchman is an expert journalist on Italy and its political, cultural and everyday life culture. He particularly has a special interest in the Vatican and Italian films (not necessarily related to each other). In his spare time he writes for ItalyStart to immerse readers in the world's craziest, complex but most beautiful country.

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