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Top Facts About Leonardo Bonucci, The Best Defender in The World

Leonardo Bonucci is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back and he serves as vice captain of both Serie A club Juventus and the Italy national team. Sportmob brings to you the top facts about Leonardo Bonucci so stay tuned and don’t miss it.

Bonucci is well known for his technical performance on the pitch along with his ability to launch an attack from the back with long passes. Bonucci is a product of Inter Milan, he first began his professional career there and established himself as a valuable player. Find out Leonardo Bonucci transfer market stats in this article.

In addition to the footballer’s professional career and details you might also be interested in Leonardo Bonucci personal life. The Italian footballer is a married man. Leonardo Bonucci wife is Martina Maccari a former model and blogger. She gave birth to

Leonardo Bonucci children

and the couple enjoy a great life together along with their kids. Find out more about the footballer’s storyline in the following but first we will start with Leonardo Bonucci childhood.

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Leonardo Bonucci managed to establish himself well and he made his way to the top. Of course he didn’t get where he is today overnight and during his journey he was criticized numerous times by football experts. Nowadays he is considered one of the best defenders of his generation. Pep Guardiola praised him for his performance and described Bonucci as one of his "favorite ever players”. Stay tuned for more

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Leonardo Bonucci Childhood and Early Life

Let’s get into the details of

Leonardo Bonucci childhood

. He was born on 1 May 1987 in Viterbo, Italy. He was born to his father Claudio Bonucci who was a businessman with an interest to sell paintings, and his mother Dorita Bonucci. As a child, he dreamed of one day becoming a professional footballer. Leonardo Bonucci parents encouraged their son to develop his passion for football and fulfill his dream. Bonucci fully devoted himself to football and worked hard to make a career for himself.

His father and his older brother Riccardo were very passionate about football and they influenced him to peruse professionally. Leonardo Bonucci parents fully devoted themselves to their son and helped him to make his dream come true. Leonardo Bonucci age was 13 when he began his journey by playing for under 15 squad of


and he worked hard to improve his performance. The Italian footballer stayed there until 2004. 

Bonucci Road to Fame

Leonardo Bonucci age

was 18 when he started his career in his hometown club Viterbese however he was loaned to Inter Milan in the summer of 2005. While he was at Inter Milan he appeared in a few friendly games for the first team and later he was included in Inter U20 squad. On 14 May 2006, the footballer made his Serie A debut for the club in a 2-2 draw with Cagliari which was Inter's 3,500th competitive match. On 9 November 2006, the Italian footballer played his first Coppa Italia game over Messina. He came off the bench and replaced Fabio Grosso in the 86th minute.

In the same season Bonucci featured in two more Coppa Italia matches for Inter when he was brought on for the substituted Walter Samuel at half-time during the quarter final second leg match over


, and as a starter in the semi-final second leg tie over Sampdoria. Back in January 2007, Inter Milan sold 50 percent of the Italian footballer’s registration rights to Treviso, along with 50% of the registration rights for fellow Primavera team-mate Daniel Maa Boumsong. Learn more top facts about Leonardo Bonucci in the following.

Bonucci Winner of the National Youth League Title


worked hard to establish himself at Inter Milan. He extended his contract with the club until 30 June 2007. At the same time, Maa Boumsong returned from Treviso where he spent the first half of the season on loan. In his last season at the club with great performance, Bonucci managed to win the Campionato Nazionale Primavera (the national youth league title). According to Leonardo Bonucci transfer market stats on 1 July 2007, along with Maa Boumsong following the expiration of their loan contract with Inter Milan they officially became players of Treviso as well as the renewal of the co-ownership in June 2007.

The footballer struggled to make a name for himself and he featured in 20 starts in 27 Serie B appearances as a starter. In June 2008 among the other youth product of Inter he was the only player who was brought back from Treviso. Later he was loaned back to Treviso for the 2008-09 season. The footballer appeared in 13 Serie B games for the club before leaving for another Serie B struggler Pisa on loan. According to Leonardo Bonucci stats he made 41 appearances for Treviso. Find out more

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in the following.

Thanks To Bonucci, Bari Had the Second Best Defensive Record in Serie A

On 8 June 2009 Leonardo Bonucci age was 22 when he went through a medical exam at Genoa. On 1 July, Inter Milan declared that Bonucci, along with Acquafresca, Bolzoni and Meggiorini had been transferred to Genoa, as part of the deal that sent Diego Milito and Thiago Motta to Inter. At the time Bonucci transfer market value was estimated to be €3 million. On 2 July, along with Meggiorini, Matteo Paro,

Andrea Ranocchia

and Giuseppe Greco he was transferred to Bari from Genoa on a co-ownership deal for less than €2 million.

Bonucci worked hard and he fully devoted himself to become a great player. Finally, his efforts paid off as he became a first team player at Bari in central defense under the supervision of head coach Gian Piero Ventura. He put himself under the spotlight as he performed in a technical style of play featuring his effective defensive form. The gifted player managed to build a strong defensive partnership with Andrea Ranocchia.

Leonardo Bonucci parents

were very proud of their son and encouraged him.

This defensive line was so effective that during the 2009-10 season Bari had the second best defensive record in

Serie A

and all thanks to the great teamwork of Bonucci and Ranocchia. However, this partnership came to an end as Ranocchia got injured half-way through the season and was ruled out for the remaining fixtures. Based on Leonardo Bonucci stats he made 39 appearances at Bari. Stay tuned for more top facts about Leonardo Bonucci.

The Remarkable BBC Trio of Juventus

On 1 July 2010, the footballer reached agreement with Juventus on a four-year contract for the estimated amount of €16 million fee from Bari; Bari bought Bonucci from Genoa outright for €8 million. Bonucci was given the number 19 jersey and officially became a member of the


squad. On the field Bonucci partnered with the Italian footballer Giorgio Chiellini in defense. Chiellini is highly regarded as one of the best centre-backs. Later Bonucci was taken into the starting line-up for the first games of the season. He managed to score his first goal of the club during the Europa League play-off game over Sturm Graz.

Over time the Italian defender came along way and made a name for himself. The next season Antonio Conte, Juventus new appointed manager offered a new formation for the defense due to the presence of veteran player Andrea Barzagli. Bonucci showcased his great talents and made such a great performance along with the other two players. Later the trio’s remarkable team work together caught the attention of football experts and the three-man defense earned the nickname BBC, a reference to the players’ initials. Based on

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he made 44 appearances during his first season with Juventus. More top facts about Leonardo Bonucci are in the way.

Bonucci Made the Worst Dive Ever in A League Match

The BBC trio earned recognition around the world and its performance was praised among pundits. Later it was named one of the best defenses in the world during the following seasons. On 2 April 2012, Juventus declared that the footballer extended his contract for five years. Bonucci won his first major title the 2011–12 Scudetto and grabbed a brace for the team as Juventus finished the season unbeaten and with one of the best defensive records in the top five European leagues. Over the years along with his professional career Leonardo Bonucci salary grew as well.

He was also included in the final UEFA Euro 2012 squad due to his great performance. The footballer began the next season by winning the 2012 Supercoppa Italiana with Juventus. However not everything went well as on December 2012 he was criticized for diving in a league match over Palermo on which was considered by a number of journalists as "the worst dive ever". He was booked by the referee and later he was banned for one game and fined €2000 by authorities. Learn more

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Bonucci The Captain of Juventus

In the 2014-15 season the footballer made his 200th appearance with the team in a 2-0 victory against Chievo. Featuring in 52 games Bonucci made the most appearances along with his fellow team mates Claudio Marchisio and Roberto Pereyra. On 2 March 2016, following the absence of Gianluigi Buffon and Chiellini, he picked up the captain’s armband and led the team. During the 2016-17 Bonucci’s son Matteo got sick and

Leonardo Bonucci wife

was so worried. He missed two games with Juventus and the national team for being with his family. For more top facts about Leonardo Bonucci keep reading.

Bonucci Differences with Allegri Made Him Leave Juventus

The talented defender made his 300th appearance in a 4-1 home victory against Palermo on 17 February; however, things didn’t go well as Bonucci had an argument with Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri. The coach and the defender got into an ugly fight on the pitch. Later Juventus fined and ruled Bonucci out of the team for the first Champions League round of 16 leg with Porto on 22 February. In an interview Juventus manager stated: “These things happen. I had three players who needed to be substituted because they had cramp. There was a misunderstanding, but it’s no issue, these things happen.” Find out more details, about

Leonardo Bonucci transfer market stats

in the following.

Bonucci Joined AC Milan

On 14 July 2017, the Italian defender signed a five-year contract for more than €40 million with

AC Milan

. On 4 August 2017, the footballer was named one of the three finalists for the Defender of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League season award. Later the manager Vincenzo Montella gave the captain’s armband to Bonucci. However, over time Bonucci’s talent seem to be fading away as football experts and pundits expected more of him and he drew criticism in the media. On 31 March, Bonucci scored the equalizing goal over his former Juventus, breaking goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's record of longest consecutive minutes not conceded in an eventual 3–1 loss.

Bonucci Came Back to Juventus

On 2 August 2018, Bonucci made a comeback to his former club Juventus and signed a five-year contract worth more than €30 million. Over the years

Leonardo Bonucci net worth

grew with his career and he established himself well as a professional. He made his return to Juventus by appearing in their opening Serie A game on 18 August, which was a 3–2 away victory against Chievo. Following Chiellini’s injury at the beginning of the 2019–20 season he went on and captained the team. In November 2019, he signed a new contract with the club, running until 2024. Find out facts about Leonardo Bonucci personal life in the following.

Leonardo Bonucci Children and Wife

Bonucci is a lucky man. Back in 2008 thanks to a mutual friend he met the stunning Martina Maccari. Things went really well and just three years after they started dating the couple tied the knot and got married in a beautiful wedding ceremony among their family and friends. Leonardo Bonucci wife, Martina was born on November 19, 1985 (aged 36). The Italian beauty used to be a fashion model and blogger but as far as we know she is a real-estate agent. Martina is very popular on Instagram and currently more than 200k fans follow her.  Leonardo Bonucci wife is available by the username of


on Instagram.

According to the facts about

Leonardo Bonucci personal life

, the couple are blessed with three beautiful children. Lorenzo Bonucci is their first born child and he was born in July 2012. Two years later on May 14 Martina gave birth to their second son Matteo Bonucci. On July 2016, as we mentioned before Matteo suffered from and acute sickness. Later Bonucci revealed that he was thinking of ending his career in football in order to be closer to his Matteo. On February 5, 2019, Martina gave birth to Bonucci’s third child Matilda Bonucci. Find out facts about Leonardo Bonucci net worth and income in the following.

Leonardo Bonucci Salary and Income

Over the years Bonucci managed to establish himself as one of the best defenders in the world. Of course this wasn’t easy and he came a long way to prove himself worthy. On 12 October 2019, he made his 92nd international appearance under the supervision of Roberto Mancini in a 2-0 home victory against Greece, and overtook Alessandro Del Piero as the tenth-most capped player in the history of the Italian national team.

Leonardo Bonucci salary

is estimated to be more than €12 million per year.

Back in 2016 Mario Sconcerti of Il Corriere della Sera named the player one of the greatest Italian defenders of all time. In 2012, The Guardian named him the 88th Best Player in the World and in 2016, he was named the 26th Best Player in the World. As for endorsements recently the footballer promoted for a brand in a post on Instagram and captioned: “To start the week with the right charge and chewing energy @mindthegum! Have you tried it yet?” Leonardo Bonucci net worth is estimated to be Less than €20 million!

Leonardo Bonucci Social Media Accounts

Now let’s get into the details of

Leonardo Bonucci social media accounts

. The footballer is very popular on Instagram so far more than 4 million fans follow him on this platform. So far Bonucci has posted more than 2000 photos and videos, mostly on the pitch. On May 29, he posted a photo of himself on the pitch while holding an award and captioned: “11 years, 100 appearances with the national team. Ready for many more emotions and battles with the blue shirt. Thank you FIGC for this recognition.”

The footballer is available by the username of


. As for other Leonardo Bonucci social media accounts, on Facebook he is signed up by the username of


i with more than 3 million followers. On Twitter he is available by the username of


and more than 1 million followers keep up with his tweets.

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