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Top Facts About Fabio Cannavaro

One of the everlasting names in the Italian football and also one of the best defenders Italy has ever seen: Fabio Cannavaro. He’s by now 47 years old and retired but his name lingers in the minds of his fans and several of the Italian people. Who really is Fabio Cannavaro?

In this post, we are to some

top facts about Fabio Cannavaro

. What is Fabio Cannavaro net worth? Who are Fabio Cannavaro parents? And who is his spouse?

You would like to know about Fabio Cannavaro childhood? We’ve got it for you, or maybe you like to know about Fabio Cannavaro children? That also we’ve got for you. In fact, in this post, we try to cover all the top facts about Fabio Cannavaro.

Top Facts About Fabio Cannavaro You Might Not Know

We have already mentioned Fabio Cannavaro in a previous post,

Best Juventus Defenders of All Time

. He’s indeed one of the best defenders Juventus has ever had, however, in this post we are to Fabio Cannavaro personal life. Let’s say more into his personal life.

Fabio Cannavaro Childhood, Parents, and Siblings

Part of Fabio Cannavaro personal life, indeed, concerns with his childhood. Let’s let you know about

Fabio Cannavaro age

first. As already mentioned, the top Italian defender is 47 years old by now. He was born on September 13, 1973 in Naples, Italy, to Gelsomina Costanzo and Pasquale Cannavaro. If you would like to know about Fabio Cannavaro age exactly, we should say that is 47 years, 3 months, and 21 days by now (January 3, 2021).

Unfortunately, not much is known about

Fabio Cannavaro childhood

, especially the very early stages. For instance, we don’t know which elementary school he attended or what happened in the first 5 years of his life noteworthy to mention, however, we know that the Italian star enrolled for the Napoli youth football academy at the very early age of 11 and played for the Napoli junior team until 1992 when he was 20. Being asked to play for the Napoli first team, he also served them for 3 years until 1995 before he joined



And what about Fabio Cannavaro childhood idol? That’s Diego Maradona. Cannavaro himself once said in an interview that he had had posters of Maradona hanging on the walls of his bedroom when he was a youngster, and not only this, when Napoli won the

Serie A

title for the first time in their history in 1986-87 season courtesy of Maradona’s magic play, the 12-year-old Fabio Cannavaro was there at the Napoli’s home stadium, Stadio San Paolo, celebrating with the rest of the team. He also received Maradona’s boots as his gift

As for

Fabio Cannavaro parents

, we should say that his father, Pasquale Cannavaro, was a bank clerk who also played for the Italian low-tier club, Giugliano, and his mother, Gelsomina Costanzo, worked as a maid. Cannavaro has an elder sister named Renata who got married at the very early age of 15 and a brother named Paolo who is a professional footballer like he himself.

In fact, the two Cannavaro brothers were teammates sometime during their service to Napoli - actually from 1993 to 1995. And the interesting fact here is that before his retirement, Fabio Cannavaro had expressed interest to end his career alongside his brother and in Napoli shirt.

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Fabio Cannavaro Biography

Fabio Cannavaro Stats


Fabio Cannavaro stats

, we should say that the top Italian defender served six clubs during his career which lasted for 19 years from 1992 to 2011. Cannavaro is actually a product of


and had spent 9 years playing for the club’s youth team before he was promoted to Napoli’s senior team and played another 3 years for them; actually from 1992 to 1995. The other teams he served during his career in the chronological order are Parma, Inter Milan, Juventus, Real Madrid, again Juventus, and Al-Ahli of Egypt.

Cannavaro made a total of 695 appearances during his career for the teams mentioned above and he also scored 20 goals for them during this time. From among all these 695 appearances 531 were made at league level which actually comprise 76% of all the appearances that Cannavaro made during his career. Also from all the 20 goals the top Italian defender scored during his career 16 were scored at league level.

Although Cannavaro is one of the best defenders


has ever seen in its history, he made the most number of appearances for Parma; actually 291 appearances which are more than two times higher than the 128 appearances he made for Juventus in the two time periods he served them - from 2004 to 2006 and in 2009-10 season, however, Cannavaro scored more goals for Juventus than Parma during his career (7 vs 6).

He also served the Italian U21 national team for 3 years between 1993 and 1996 making 21 appearances but scoring no goals for them in the process and the Italian senior national team for 13 years between 1997 and 2010 during which he made 136 appearances and scored 2 goals for them.

And what about Cannvaro’s managerial career? Cannavaro actually started his managerial career two years after he retired as a player in 2013 and with Al Ahli of Egypt as an assistant manager. Later he also served the Saudi Arabian club, Al-Nassr, as a manager actually in 2015-16 season, and two Chinese clubs, namely Tianjin Quanjian and

Guangzhou Evergrande

, the latter he’s still serving.

He also managed the Chinese national team for a short period of time in 2019, but after his first match lost to Thailand in the Chinese Cup, he resigned and decided to focus on his club managerial career again.

Fabio Cannavaro Transfer Market Stats


Fabio Cannavaro transfer market stats

, we should say that it’s like many other footballers: It starts with lower amounts at the start of his career, rises to higher amounts in the middle, and lowers to lower amounts at the end; an upside down U like curve.

Anyway, Cannavaro’s first transfer was from Napoli to Parma and for an amount of €6.70 m. Then in August 9, 2002, he was transferred again for an amount of €23 million to Inter Milan which, as you see, is more than 3 times higher than his first transfer amount and shows that he was indeed at the pick of his fitness and performance to experience such a rise in his worth.

Cannavaro was transferred from Inter to Juventus on August 1, 2004 for an amount of €10 million and just in less than two years on July 1, 2006, he was sold to the La Liga club,

Real Madrid

, for a transfer fee of €7 million, however, three years later on July 1, 2009, he joined Juventus again, but this time on free transfer. And for the last season of his club career - actually 2010-11 season - he joined Al Ahli of Egypt and on free transfer again.

Fabio Cannavaro’s Honors and Achievements

If not among the most decorated Italian footballers, Fabio Cannavaro is at least among those footballers with a number of individual honors and achievements to their names. He’s not as decorated as the great Paolo Maldini or

Gianluigi Buffon

; he has also set no records, but he has at least gained a number of individual honors some of which include Serie A Defender of the Year in 2005 and 2006, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 2006, 2006 FIFA World Cup Silver Ball, and FIFA World Player of the Year in 2006.

As you see almost all the honors mentioned above Cannavaro earned in 2006. In fact, the majority of Cannavaro’s achievements were earned in the same year. And the most prominent of these achievements is the Ballon d'Or trophy Cannavaro won in 2006; a trophy that only few Italian footballers have won to this date not including the great Paolo Maldini. Cannavaro was also inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2014 and was named on the Juventus Greatest 11 of All Time in 2017.

However and despite all his achievements, Cannavaro did not win many club trophies during his career, in fact, only 6 trophies two of which were two La Liga titles with Real Madrid. And in international arenas? He actually captained the Italian national team who won 2006 FIFA World Cup.

As a manager, he has also won one China League One title in 2016, one Chinese Super League title in 2019, and one Chinese FA Super Cup in 2018. Cannavaro was also named Chinese Football Association Coach of the Year in 2017.

Fabio Cannavaro’s Wife and Children

Delving more into facts about Fabio Cannavaro, let’s get to know more about

Fabio Cannavaro personal life

or better said his marriage life. So, who is Fabio Cannavaro’s wife? That’s Daniela Arenoso and she’s about one year younger than her husband, Fabio Cannavaro - she was actually born in July 1974 in Naples. The couple started dating each other in 1994 and two years later in June 1996 they got married to each other, so by now it’s 24 years that they have been married.

And what about

Fabio Cannavaro children

? Fabio Cannavaro and Daniela Arenoso have three children - two sons and one daughter - together: Christian, Martina, and Andrea. Christian was born on July 17, 1998 and is by now 22 years old. He’s currently playing for the Serie A club,


, as a midfielder. Martina is 19 years old. She was born on December 22, 2001, and Andrea, born on October 20, 2004, is 16 years old by now. All the three, like their parents, have been born in Naples, Italy.

Fabio Cannavaro Net Worth and Salary

Ok! Part of the top facts about Fabio Cannavaro, for sure, is concerned with his net worth and salary. How much is

Fabio Cannavaro net worth

? What about Fabio Cannavaro salary? We mean how much is Fabio Cannavaro salary per month or year or even day? Well, as for Fabio Cannavaro net worth, the straightforward answer is $45 million, and all the sources agree upon this amount; we mean there are no other figures specified as Fabio Cannavaro net worth other than what was mentioned above.

And concerning

Fabio Cannavaro salary

, we should say it’s an annual amount of almost $17.25 million. You know and we also mentioned above that the former top Italian footballer currently works as the manager of the Chinese club, Guangzhou Evergrande, and this is actually what he receives as his annual salary. If we just break that amount to months, weeks, and days, then we will have the following figures as his monthly, weekly, and daily salary, respectively: $1.438m, $331k, and $66.3k.

Fabio Cannavaro Social Media Accounts

Well, just like many other top footballers, Fabio Cannavaro is also present on the three top social media platforms,




, and


. And by the order just mentioned, he has joined these platforms, but not with a gap of more than 2 years: Facebook in June 2010, Twitter in August 2011, and Instagram in March 2013.

Unlike some other footballers and especially celebrities who have more followers on Instagram, Fabio Cannavaro has almost the same number of followers on all the social media platforms mentioned above: On Instagram and Twitter he has 1.4 million followers and on Facebook 1.1 million. He has earned around the same number of likes (1.1 million) for his Facebook page too. On Twitter he has posted 3515 tweets to this date (January 3, 2021), and on his Instagram account 919 photos and videos. He also follows 719 other people on Instagram.

Fabio Cannavaro in Media

Ok! As we are more into

facts about Fabio Cannavaro

, let’s see how highlighted he is in the media. Fabio Cannavaro has not endorsed any brand except for Nike. He was actually sponsored by Nike to wear Nike sportswear; he also took part in a commercial by Nike before 2002 World Cup which was actually part of Nike’s commercial campaign, Secret Tournament, alongside other top footballers of his own time, Thierry Henry, Ronaldo, Francesco Totti, Ronaldinho, and Luis Figo. And in 2010, the Nike commercial, Write the Future, started with Cannavaro making a clearance against a shot fired by Didier Drogba.

These were actually the two commercials from Nike in which Cannavaro took part. He was also sponsored by Nike to wear Nike sportswear for some time. Cannavaro was also on the cover of the Italian edition of the video game, This is Football 2003, developed by London Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. He also features in FIFA video game series, was named on the Ultimate Team Legends in FIFA 14, and is actually among the top legendary footballers in FIFA 19 with a rating of 92.

Fast Facts About Fabio Cannavaro

Here are some fast

facts about Fabio Cannavaro


  • Fabio Cannavaro’s zodiac sign is Virgo (the Maiden).

  • Fabio Cannavaro’s Chinese zodiac sign is Ox.

  • Fabio Cannavaro was twice accused of using drugs, once in 1999 and another time in October 2009, but in both cases, it was proved that the drugs were kind of a medicine.

  • Fabio Cannavaro was given a ten-month prison sentence in 2015 for breaching the law and entering his residence after it had been seized by the authorities in 2009. He appealed and his case is still open.

  • Fabio Cannavaro and his former teammate, Ciro Ferrara, have helped in establishing a charity foundation named Cannavaro Ferrara Foundation which actually helps in procuring cancer research equipment, the surgery of special cancer cases, and people at risk.

  • Fabio Cannavaro also helped during coronavirus pandemic by raising funds for the Italian Red Cross through a custom-made t-shirts selling campaign.

  • Fabio Cannavaro is the second most capped Italian footballer after Gianluigi Buffon with 136 caps.

  • Fabio Cannavaro retired from the international football in 2010 when Italy could not advance from the group stage.

  • Fabio Cannavaro served as a pundit on ITV in 2014 World Cup.


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