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Top facts about Giorgio Chiellini, the King Kong

Sat 05 June 2021 | 8:00

How much do you know about one of the best centre-back in Italy history? Join us in the following article to review detailed information about Giorgio Chiellini life.

Giorgio Chiellini, widely known as King Kong, is an Italian professional footballer who plays in

Juventus

. The 36 years old footballer began as a defensive-minded left-back, but later, he shifted to centre-back. The Italian footballer started his career at Livorno and went on to play for Roma and Fiorentina before moving to Juventus in 2005. Giorgio Chiellini has won several trophies at I Bianconeri, including nine consecutive Serie A titles and four consecutive Coppa Italia titles.

The King Kong has been named in the Serie A Team of the Year five times and also has been awarded the Serie A Defender of the Year three times. As a member of Italy national team, Giorgio Chiellini has represented his country in two FIFA Confederations Cups, three UEFA European Championships, and two FIFA World Cups.

He also helped the Azzurri win a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics. He has played 105 times for Italy's national side, becoming Italy's seventh-highest appearance holder. Here are the fascinating 

top facts about Giorgio Chiellini

you might want to know.

Facts you need to know about Giorgio Chiellini

Let's take a look at the top facts about Giorgio Chiellini. Facts like Giorgio Chiellini birthday, wife, Instagram, which may be fascinating to football lovers.

Giorgio Chiellini age and biography at point

  • Full Name:

    Giorgio Chiellini

  • Nickname:

    King Kong, Keyser Giorgio

  • Date of Birth:

    14 August 1984

  • Age:

    36 years

  • Place of Birth:

    Pisa, Italy

  • Nationality:

    Italian

  • Height:

    1.87 m

  • Weight:

    85 kg

  • Parents:

    Fabio Chiellini, Lucia Chiellini

  • Wife/Partner:

    Carolina Bonistalli (married 2014)

  • Children:

    Nina Chiellini, Olivia Chiellini

  • Occupation:

    Professional Football Player

  • Playing Position:

    Centre-back, left-back

  • Club(s):

    Livorno, Roma, Fiorentina, Juventus

  • Jersey/Kit Number:

    3 (at Juventus)

  • Net Worth:

    15 million Euros

Giorgio Chiellini Childhood

The first part of our article on top facts about Giorgio Chiellini is about his childhood.

Giorgio Chiellini birthday

is on 14 August 1984 in Pisa, Italy. Giorgio was born to Fabio Chiellini, his father, an orthopedist, and his mother, Lucia Chiellini, a business manager. The Italian footballer grew up in the province of Livorno, 25.1 kilometers away from Pisa, which is well known for its tourist attraction.

Due to his high-paid parents, little Giorgio had the opportunity of pursuing any career and participating in many sports he fancies. At first, King Kong chose basketball, and during his formative years, Chiellini was playing it. Although he was good at this comparative game, he wasn't tall enough to develop it. So he quit basketball, and when

Giorgio Chiellini age

was six, his parents enrolled him at Livorno. He is still a big fan of the LA Lakers and late Kobe Bryant.

Giorgio Chiellini Career Stats

After reviewing

Giorgio Chiellini childhood

, let's take a look at

Giorgio Chiellini career stats

, that is, one of the significant-top facts about Giorgio Chiellini. As we mentioned earlier, the Italian footballer joined Livorno when he was six. At first, Chiellini started as a central midfielder, and as he grew up, the footballer switched his position as a left-back.

From 1990 to 2000, he played at Livorno's youth academy, and in 2000 he joined Milan's U-17 side. Although Davide Ballardini, the youth coach, was satisfied with his performance, Chiellini did not receive an offer to join the club permanently.

In 2002, Keyser Giorgio moved to

Roma

for €3.1 million in a co-ownership deal, however during the 2002–03 Serie B season, the footballer was loaned back to Livorno. In 2004, Juventus signed him a contract for €6.5 million, but Fiorentina bought him for €3.5 million via a co-ownership deal. He scored three goals in 42 appearances that he made for Fiorentina.

Having an extraordinary performance in his debut season in Serie A led I Bianconeri to recall him for the 2005–06 season and paid €4.3 million. Giorgio Chiellini has played 16 seasons at Juventus, winning nine Serie A titles, one Serie B title, Coppa Italia title on five occasions, and five Supercoppa Italiana titles.

On 29 June 2018, he was appointed as the club's new captain after the departure of Buffon and a year later lifted his first trophy as Juventus's new official captain. Chiellini is Juventus's fourth–most capped player of all time, and given that he is still playing at the club, he will break Gaetano Scirea (550) record any time soon.

At the international level, he played for his country at all youth levels, winning the European Under-19 Championship in 2003. The legend became Italy's captain During the 2006 and 2007 U-21 Championships.

On 17 November 2004, Giorgio Chiellini made his debut for the Italian national side under Marcello Lippi against Finland. He has represented the Azzurri at two FIFA World Cups (2010, 2014), three UEFA European Championships (2008, 2012, 2016), and two FIFA Confederations Cups (2009, 2013).

Losing to

Sweden

, the Azzurri failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and immediately after the match, Giorgio Chiellini announced his retirement from the national team, but on 17 March 2018, he was called up for the friendlies against

Argentina

. After Gianluigi Buffon retired from international football, Chiellini became the new captain of the Italian national side.

Giorgio Chiellini Net worth & Salary

In this section, we will take a look at

Giorgio Chiellini salary

and net worth, which is one of the fascinating top facts about Giorgio Chiellini.

Widely known as the Keyser Giorgio, Giorgio Chiellini is regarded as one of the greatest football players in Juventus's history. As of 2021,

Giorgio Chiellini net worth

is estimated at around 15 million euros. Giorgio Chiellini salary as a Juventus player is £130,000 weekly.

Giorgio Chiellini Children & Wife

Football fans know about the Italian footballer's skills, but few consider his bio, which is quite interesting. Stay tuned to read more about the

Giorgio Chiellini family

. The Italian defender met Carolina Bonistalli when he was a teenager, and the childhood sweethearts got married in July 2014 at a private Catholic ceremony at the Sanctuary of Montenero.

Giorgio Chiellini wife

was born on 17 February 1983, and her zodiac sign is Aquarius.

She visits the Church regularly; in fact, Carolina is a true devotee of Jesus. Giorgio Chiellini wife was born to Alessandro, her father, and Carmella, her mother. She has a younger brother (Graham Bonistalli). Although the beautiful lady has about 46K followers on Instagram, she prefers to keep things private. Most of the Juventus fans know that Carolina always takes care of Giorgio Chiellini and helps him to focus on football. 

In the case of Giorgio Chiellini children, the Italian footballer has two children. The couple welcomed their first daughter Nina in July 2015, and four years later, their second daughter Olivia was born in June 2019.  

Facts about Giorgio Chiellini you did not know

  • Giorgio Chiellini nickname

Giorgio Chiellini nickname is given to him by his fans. He was known as King Kong and Keyser Giorgio.

  • Giorgio Chiellini tattoo

The fascinating fact about Giorgio Chiellini tattoo is that the Italian defender has yet to have any tattoos on his body, just like many football players of his generation.

  • Giorgio Chiellini Instagram account

Keyser Giorgio, like many footballers, is active on Instagram. Giorgio Chiellini Instagram account (

@giorgiochiellini

) has around 3.8m followers.

  • Giorgio Chiellini height

Giorgio Chiellini height is 1.87 m, and also his weight is 85 kg.

In Italy's final group stage game against

Uruguay

during World Cup 2014, Luis Suarez committed the third biting offense of his career and bitted Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder. The Italian footballers protested to Marco Antonio Rodriguez, the Mexican referee. Uruguay won a corner and scored a goal, qualifying for the last 16. The Italian defender revealed that he forgave Luis Suarez.

 "Nothing strange happened that day. I had marked [Edinson] Cavani for most of the game, another attacker who was difficult to handle, then suddenly I noticed that Suarez had bitten my shoulder. It happened, and this is his way of dealing with direct confrontations, and, if I can say it, it is also mine: he and I are alike and I like to face challenges in this way. I admire his malice, if he lost it he would become a normal striker

," said Chiellini. Days after their match, Suarez and Chiellini spoke on the phone.

"After a couple of days, we spoke again on the phone, and there was no need to apologize. I am a great son of a bitch on the pitch as well, and I am proud of it: malice is part of football; I don't even call it impropriety. You have to be smart, and I have always admired Suarez,

" said the Italian defender.

  • One of the fascinating facts about Giorgio Chiellini is that the Italian footballer is among the few professional football players that attained academic fields. In 2010, the Italian legend completed a Laurea bachelor's degree in economics and commerce; in 2017, Chiellini got a Laurea Magistrale master's degree from the same university in the business administration field.

Giorgio Chiellini Quotes

One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on top facts about Giorgio Chiellini is a look back at his most controversial quotes.

On Juventus

"With all due respect, but Juventus are not Real Madrid or the AC Milan of Ronaldinho's days. They can win games 6-2 or 5-2. Juventus are not like that. We have to win 1-0 or 2-0. It's in the club's DNA. That does not mean we will not try to win 3-0, but we are a team that cannot concede a goal when we are ahead."

On Juventus manager

"Juventus' supporters called for Conte, however this is not the reason why the club signed him. I can explain it better: fans are obviously very important, but thinking that Juventus managers follow their moods would be wrong."

On helping people who need support

"Unease is the wrong word to describe our wealth. I make my sacrifices and never think I am not allowed to earn so much. But I know I am lucky and I must use my platform to help those who need support."

On Harry Kane

"Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar - Kane has been on that level. He is one of those players that is irreplaceable and I am sure that Tottenham will be doing all they can to make sure he stays."

"Thinking of stopping Kane one-on-one, just me, is not going to happen."

On being Juventus and Italy national team captain

"Playing as captain of Juve and the national team, with 500 games for Juve and 100 for the national team, it gives you a different serenity."

On Kylian Mbappe

"Who's destined to be the next world star and collector of Ballon d'Or when Cristiano and Messi stop playing? It's the Frenchman Kylian Mbappe, a truly unique player!"

Giorgio Chiellini TransferMarket

According to

Giorgio Chiellini transfermarket

, the Italian defender has played 639 times for four clubs (Livorno, Roma, Fiorentina, Juventus). He has scored 43 goals and provided 26 assists for his teammates.

On the international level, Giorgio Chiellini has scored eight times in 106 appearances that he has made for his country.

Giorgio Chiellini Records & Achievements

Sportmob's article on top facts about Giorgio Chiellini will end with a list of Giorgio Chiellini's individual records and notable achievements. The Italian defender has won nine Serie A titles, one Serie B title, Coppa Italia title on five occasions, and five Supercoppa Italiana titles during his spell at I bianconeri. 

He also won the 2003 UEFA European Under-19 Championship with the Italy U19 side.

His notable individual achievements are Serie A Team of the Year (five times), Serie A Defender of the Year (three times), 2017 UEFA Team of the Year, UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season (two times), ESM Team of the Year (three times), and 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Team of the Tournament.

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