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Top facts about Daniele Rugani, Daje Dani

Here you would go through an engaging ride through some of the most impressive top facts about Daniele Rugani. So without further ado, let's buckle up for the long ride ahead.

Daniele Rugani is an Italian professional footballer who currently plays for Cagliari on loan from Juventus therefore he gained much of his popularity through being Juventus player and being among their first ones who tested positive for Coronavirus in 2020.

He began football in 2000 at the age of six and spent much of his youth career at Empoli FC before joining Juventus in 2012.

With his impressing performances with Juve’s reserves, they promoted his contract to a long-term deal before loaning him again to his boyhood club Empoli, so as to provide him with the chance to gain much more experience with regular opportunities at first-team football.

In the 2013/14 season, he appeared 40 times in Serie B and helped Empoli gain promotion to Serie A for the following season as he was named the 2014 Serie B Footballer of the Year.

Fascinatingly, he had established himself as the club’s first-choice and most influential defender, which is fairly an incredible feat for a player with that tender age. He also won five consecutive Serie A titles, two

Coppa Italia

titles, and two Supercoppa Italiana titles.

Besides he has represented the Italy U21 team at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2015 and 2017, as his senior debut for Italy was in 2016.

Top facts about Daniele Rugani that you might want to know

Here you would go through an engaging ride through some of the most impressive top facts about Daniele Rugani. So without further ado, let's buckle up for the long ride ahead. He is a professional footballer who plays for Serie A club


, on loan from Juventus and Italy national team in the position of a centre back.

Daniele Rugani facts in brief


  • Full name

    : Daniele Rugani

  • Nickname

    : Daje Dani

General information

  • Birth of date

    : July 29th, 1994

  • Birthplace

    : Lucca, Italy

  • Nationality

    : Italian

  • Religion

    : Christianity

  • Horoscope

    : Leo

Physical status

  • Length

    : 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)

  • Weight

    : 84 kg

  • Body Type

    : Athletic

  • Eye Color

    : Blue

  • Hair Color

    : Light Brown

Football information

  • Occupation

    : Footballer

  • Team

    : Cagliari (loan), Juventus

  • Position

    : Centre back

  • Number

    : 24

  • Traits

    : Sweeper

Personal information

  • Father

    : Ubaldo Rugani

  • Mother

    : Lia Rugani

  • Marital Status

    : Married

  • Wife

    : Michela Persico

  • Siblings

    : Simeone Rugani (Older Brother)

Daniele Rugani childhood

Daniele Rugani was born on the 29th day of July 1994 in a family of four members, consisted of his mother, Lia Rugani, his father, Ubaldo Rugani and his older brother, Simeone in the city of Lucca in Central Italy. 

Daniele Rugani childhood

was spent growing up at the Ponte Moriano neighbourhood in Lucca city with his lovely family.

Daniele was a carefree and fun-loving child who had plenty of early passions ranging from playing football and tennis to loving ice cream and swimming. Since his father took huge delight in sports, it was self-evident for Daniele to be engaged in those sporting activities.

Apart from tennis, he enjoyed playing football with his childhood friends on a part-time basis and football was not only a friendly engagement but also it was a family sport for him.

Considering top facts about Daniele Rugani it is interesting to know that both of his parents were die-hard fans of


, a passion that did inherit through the veins of Daniele.

As the football passion was prevailing among the other sports, it is no wonder to see that he began laying the foundation of his professional career at his local boyhood football club, Atletico Lucca. At age 6 (the year 2000), Daniele moved to his first-ever academy club for the sake of copping bigger challenges.

Eventually, he began a genuine career buildup at the youth systems of Empoli football club by spending over a decade of his youth career (2000-2011) acquiring his skill sets which are now considered to be part of his playing style all of its own.

Daniele Rugani family

Just like most outstanding players, Daniele owes the success of his football journey to his supportive family. Here you would read some top facts about Daniele Rugani family.


His father, Ubaldo is a devoted fan of Juventus and is also a cyclist who became champion of Italy amateurs twice. Besides, he is a representative of fishing materials and is so close-knitted to his son that makes him very proud of being a Juventus fan.


His mom Lia is a school teacher who is considered to be his moral instructor. She is always there for Daniele to advise him to concentrate on his games and avoid the bad stereotypes which football geniuses are known for. She is also a passionate enthusiast of Juventus like the other members of the Daniele Rugani family.


The footballer has just one older brother called Simeone. Although he is not a footballer, he has shown interests in football and has been spotted celebrating Rugani title wins several times.

Daniele Rugani professional career

After spending twelve full seasons in Empoli's youth academy he was transferred to Serie A giants Juventus on loan in August 2012 for a fee of €150,000.

Then he was registered to the club's Primavera (under-20) youth squad where he was a regular starter within the side during the 2012–13 season, achieving the Coppa Italia Primavera.

With such a success in just his first season with them, on 31 July 2013, he was purchased by the club in a co-ownership contract for €500,000 and then was transferred to Empoli on a season-long loan deal ahead of their 2013–14 Serie B campaign.

When he was just 20, he became Empoli's star defender in their victorious campaign, while he ended up the season appearing 40 times and netting 2 goals for them.

On 22 March 2014, he put away his first career goal from a header off of a corner in a 4–0 home win over


. The club finished the season in 2nd place, therefore they achieved automatic promotion to Serie A, along with champions Palermo.

On 18 June 2014, the co-ownership agreement between the two clubs was renewed, while he remained with Empoli for the 2014–15 Serie A campaign on loan from Juventus.

His Serie A debut was on 31 August 2014, in a 2–0 away defeat to


, and then he put away his first goal in Serie A on 20 September, in a 2–2 away draw against Cesena.

On 2 February 2015, Juventus bought out the rest half of his registration rights from Empoli, for an additional €3.5 million. He was their indispensable player that season, as he appeared in all of their 38 league matches that season without even being replaced or booked, while he also netted 3 goals, as the club placed the 15th in the league.

He officially came back to Juventus in the summer of 2015 as his debut with the club was on 30 September 2015, appearing as a substitute in a 2–0 home win over


in the UEFA Champions League group stage, also making his European debut in the process.

On 21 September 2016, he made his first appearance of the season and put away his first goal for Juventus, in a 4–0 home win over Cagliari.

Likewise, on 7 December, he netted his first-ever UEFA Champions League goal on his third appearance in the competition, in a 2–0 home win over

Dinamo Zagreb

. Then it was announced that he promoted his stay at Juventus as he got contracted a new deal that will run until 2021.

In the light of Leonardo Bonucci's sale to Milan in the summer of 2017, Rugani received more playing time in central defence with Juventus in the 2017–18 season.

Totally in that season, he appeared 22 times in Serie A, and 26 times in all competitions for Juventus, putting away two goals, both of which came in the league, as they once more time ended up the season by winning a domestic double of the Serie A and Coppa Italia titles.

On 30 March 2019, his contract with Juventus got extended, as he would stay with the club until June 2023. His 100th appearance for Juventus was on 29 July 2020, in a 2–0 away defeat to Cagliari, in Serie A.

Then on 3 October 2020, he was loaned out to


for the season costing €1.5 million. And after that on 1 February 2021, he joined Cagliari on a six-month loan as he put away his first goal for the club, in a home league match against Bologna that ended 1–0 on 3 March 2021.

At the international level, since 2010, he has represented Italy at numerous youth levels. His first cap for the under-21 team came on 5 March 2014 in a European qualifier against Northern Ireland, putting away the first goal for the azzurini in a 2–0 victory.

On 9 November 2014, he was called up to the senior Italy squad ahead of a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Croatia and a friendly against Albania. Among the Italy U-21 team, he participated in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship under manager Luigi Di Biagio.

On 31 May 2016, his name was among one of three reserves for Antonio Conte's senior side for Euro 2016. He then made his senior international debut on 1 September 2016, appearing as a substitute in a 3–1 friendly defeat to France.

In June 2017, his name was included in the Italy under-21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship although Italy was finally eliminated in the semifinals following a 3–1 defeat to Spain on 27 June.

Daniele Rugani personal life

If we take top facts about Daniele Rugani in to account it is notable to note that he is a kind of polite, elegant, modest, diligent, ambitious who is open to reveal facts about his personal private life.

He is so much interested in hobbies like cycling, fishing, playing tennis, listening to music, gaming, travelling, swimming and allocates a good amount of time to his family and friends.

About his love life and relationship, he is not married yet, but he is in an enviable romantic involvement with his girlfriend, or better call her fiancee or wife to be and recently they have welcomed a child together as well.

Daniele Rugani girlfriend

is Michela Perisco who is a journalist and a television presenter on Italian TV. The stunning blonde also does modelling a little bit on the side and has racked up around 655,000 followers on Instagram with her



For the first time they met each other sometime before 2016 at a tennis match which Michela was covering as a sports journalist and since then, it seems that her captivating beauty has put an end to Rugani’s quest for a new girlfriend.

They both tested positive for coronavirus yet they were soon recovered. Although during her pregnancy Michela was infected with coronavirus, fortunately, their baby is currently healthy and free from the virus.

Daniele Rugani net worth and market value

In regard to our

top facts about Daniele Rugani

, it is worthwhile mentioning the fact that as on 30 March 2019, he promoted his contract with Juventus, he would stay with the club until June 2023 and this has led his net worth to surge dramatically.

Therefore it saw him pocketing a whopping salary of around €3.1 million or 6.4 Million Euro (5.5 Million Pound) per year.

Daniele Rugani networth

is estimated to be at around $1 Million - $5 Million or €36 million (£41.7 million) while he is yet to make his mark on the game.

His highest market value was €22.00 m on Jun 7, 2018, whereas his current market value is in the region of €10.00 m updated as of the date of Jan 7, 2021.

A huge amount of his wealth has been gained through the salaries and wages he receives for playing professional football. At the same time endorsement contributes a great deal to his income as well.

Daniele Rugani lifestyle

With his whopping net worth and market value, he can afford to live the luxurious lifestyle of football geniuses who are extravagant in spending big on assets like cars and houses.

But that is not the case with Daniele because he has preferred to live a modest lifestyle and he is yet to be seen driving in exotic cars while the value of the house which he lives in with his girlfriend has not been revealed yet.

Among the

top facts about Daniele Rugani

, it is fascinating to indicate he and his girlfriend Michela are both fitness buffs and eco-friendly. They prefer to switch engines for pedals, as it gives them a great workout while staying true to nature.

Daniele Rugani social media

If we take

top facts about Daniele Rugani

into consideration, the notion of his social media activity merits a mention. He is active on Instagram and has racked up over one million followers under the username of


. While he tends not to a have private life, he shares all kinds of posts from his professional career to his personal life affairs.

Daniele Rugani social media

activity is not limited just to Instagram as he is also active on Twitter with around 119.7K and his Facebook account has grabbed 678K likes.


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