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Giorgio Chiellini Quotes, a complete collection

Sun 28 November 2021 | 8:30

A look at the greatest Giorgio Chiellini quotes including his comments on football and the biggest stars of the game.

Giorgio Chiellini

is an Italian professional footballer who is playing for Juventus football club and Italy national team. Widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the history of the game, Chiellini started his career at Livorno's academy and stayed at the club until 2004, when he joined his all-time club, Juventus. At the same year he was called up to Italy's national team for the first time. He has been playing at Juventus and the national team in the past 17 years.

During his illustrated career so far, Chiellini has won almost every major trophy in football including 9 Serie A, 5 Copa Italia and 5 Italian super cup titles. He was also a key member of the Italy team that reached two European Championships finals (2012 and 2020) and won the latter edition.

Chiellini has one of the best goal scoring records among defenders in the history of football. He has scored around 50 goals in over 700 matches. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of

Giorgio Chiellini quotes

.

Best Collection of Giorgio Chiellini quotes

We present football fans with the Best collection of Giorgio Chiellini quotes which includes his comments about his personality and career as well as his comments on other football stars.

Giorgio Chiellini quotes about his personal life

Giorgio Chiellini was born into a family of football fans from Livorno, Italy. He has a twin brother. Chiellini joined Livorno's academy as a child. According to himself, he became an

AC Milan

fan just to annoy his brother, who supported Juventus.

Chiellini is a true family person and has a close relationship with his siblings and parents. He has been in a long-time relationship with his wife, Carolina Bonistalli. The two married in 2014 and have two daughters. He is amongst the few professionals who have attained academic fields. Having completed a Laurea bachelor's degree in economics and commerce from the University of Turin in 2010, Chiellini got a Laurea Magistrale master's degree from the same university in the business administration field. With such a background, it is certainly interesting to know more about Giorgio Chiellini quotes on his own childhood, personality and private life.

On his marriage life and family

I was a Milan fan, unfortunately, then I got better. I became smarter growing up. Maldini was my favorite player, I have a twin brother, he was a Juve fan and I had to go against him and be Milan. Can you imagine how happy he was when Juve bought me when I was 20 years old? Football Italia.

On his hobbies and preferences

I think Twitter is the best way for me to stay in contact with fans. I try to interact with them but obviously I cannot reply to everybody. When I was younger I would have done much the same as the fans do now and for that reason I try to be active with Twitter. (World Soccer)

On his personality, Believes and objectives

Everyone is free to say what they want.

I don't think my determination has ever put me into trouble because of this, in fact, I think it is one of my main strengths and makes me the player that I am - without it I wouldn't be the same.

By joining Common Goal, I hope I can encourage the younger generation of players to think about social responsibility in their lives.

I see too many children who have their lives decided for them from the moment they are born. I want to give them the power to decide their own lives.

As professional footballers, we are in a fortunate position compared to much of society. I think it's important we keep this in mind and try to support those less lucky than us where we can.

I would like to have a managerial career as a director.

It is nice to pick a squad or train players for 30 minutes, but I do not like the life of a coach.

Weaknesses are part of human nature. What matters are the consequences they can have on a squad?

When you meet someone who gives you good advice for your own, you must have the humility to listen.

The more you win, the less people like you.

I don't know if I can change things but I just want to put smiles on the faces of the children. I cannot put into words how it makes me feel.

Experience helps you read certain situations better and make less mistakes in terms of behavior.

When I don't feel that I'm good enough, I put myself in a corner.

I don't want to make the same mistakes twice, though I tend to take the positives from past experiences, even unhappy ones.

Our role, to be an idol, is very important. Kids follow everything we say and we do.

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.

That has always been my character - on the pitch I have a strong temperament, but off the pitch I'm more serene, reflective. I manage to separate out those two things.

We Italians are always criticizing ourselves.

Giorgio Chiellini quotes about football and his playing style

Giorgio Chiellini is known the most for his strength, tackling ability and solid defending as well as his goal scoring skills as a defender. He has also been praised for his leadership, athleticism, technical prowess, and his ability to excel both offensively and defensively. Chiellini has been a key member of the Italy national team and

Juventus

in the past 17 years and has shown his strong personality in many key moments of his amazing career. The followings are the

top quotes by Giorgio Chiellini

about football and his own playing style.

On football:

Football has evolved, you can't compare with the past.

When a team wins it's because many things fall into place.

We players are supposed to dish it out for 90 minutes.

I like English football so much - it is very strong.

The most important thing when deciding on a club are the traditions of the team and the project of the club - what it is they want to do in the future.

In a Champions League final you have to do your basics well but also be able to go above and beyond.

There are maybe four or five teams who will pay whatever they need to pay to get the player. They are huge sums, but that is the world we now live in - when one of those four or five teams want a player, then they usually get them.

At the end of the day it's better to be an unpleasant winner than a nice loser.

Choosing a system is no longer enough, coaches have to be psychologists and motivational leaders too.

Malice is part of football, I wouldn't call it illegitimate.

In the face of a big offer, no player is not for sale.

The defensive phase is about the team, so it's about balance.

Antonio Conte is correct - talent needs to be nurtured on a daily basis with hard work.

A footballer isn't a devil or a saint.

History dictates that winning three consecutive championships is very difficult.

If you want to reach the

Champions League

final, you have to play the big teams like Real Madrid.

If you want to go all the way in the Champions League, you're always going to face Barcelona, Real and Bayern Munich in rotation.

Hundreds of players have physical and technical talents but very few make it.

On his Playing style

When I was young, we used to do drills to get a feel for the man you were marking.

Knowing your opponent is fundamental. Because then you can know their characteristics better.

To get past a rival you have to be smart.

It's not easy to change the way you play when you are 30.

I have always liked to play against the great ones.

I was never the best in my age group. I was like the Ugly Duckling because I am not beautiful to see but I always improved. That is my best skill.

I go hunting for my opponents high up the field, and I put stock in physical one-on-ones and winning individual duels.

I believe the most important thing for the defender is to take the ball away from the opposing team, no matter what, and not to allow any space or give any occasions for opponents to score goals.

I was not born with many technical skills. I had to improve and work.

I prefer central defence, but being asked to play left-back is no problem. I think I can do pretty well in either position.

Giorgio Chiellini quotes on Messi and Ronaldo

In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In our generation the debate is between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fans. Chiellini has played alongside Ronaldo and against Messi many times during his career at Juventus. He has praised both of them in his interviews. Here are

Giorgio Chiellini quotes

on Lionel Messi and

Cristiano Ronaldo

.

Cristiano was an example for everyone, with his dedication to work.

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.

How do you mark Ronaldo? You try not to leave him alone and don't let him shoot on his right foot. As for Messi... you just make the sign of the cross!

Ronaldo will always score against everyone.

It's okay that Messi has won the Ballon d'Or this year. The real theft was last year, Real Madrid decided that Cristiano should not win the Ballon d’Or. It was really strange.

Top quotes by Giorgio Chiellini about famous football players and teams

In this part of the article we present you with the

top quotes by Giorgio Chiellini

about other football great stars and teams, including his comments on Sergio Ramos, Neymar and Cesc Fabregas.

On Gigi Buffon:

Buffon, for us, is the captain. He is the player with the most experience and we are lucky to have the man who I believe is the best goalkeeper of all time defending our goal. We always try to make sure that he has to make very few saves, but it is extremely reassuring having him in goal.

Gigi is a leader during the big moments in any season, on the pitch and off it. Everyone, whether they're a team-mate or an opponent, says he makes the difficult things look easy.

Gigi is an extrovert. He's always smiling and there are no airs and graces about him. He's always a role model for his team-mates, both young and old alike.

On Harry Kane:

Thinking of stopping

Kane

one-on-one, just me, is not going to happen.

I still remember the first time I came up against him in a friendly in Turin and he immediately impressed with how many attributes he has, He is very technical, shoots well from distance, he's good in the air and takes free-kicks.

On Mario Balotelli:

Mario Balotelli is undoubtedly the greatest talent of Italian football.

Balotelli is a negative person with no respect for the team.

On Carles Tevez:

Tevez is an absolutely world-class player. But what surprised me more than anything is the way he sacrifices himself to help the team. He works like a mule!

On Zlatan Ibrahimovic:

Ibra is the best. He has always made a difference wherever he has gone.

As an opponent, the fiercest bouts were always against Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a fantastic player.

Apart from Ronaldo and Messi, who are two extra-terrestrials, I always say

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

, He had physical strength, technique, and personality...I had the fortune to play with him and against him.

On Gonzalo Higuain:

Have I ever hated anyone? Higuain - but he surprised me after getting to know him. No. 9s are selfish, they do a different job, but he has a generous, playful side. He's a demanding guy because you have to be pamper him, motivate him. He needs affection to feed the incredible potential he has.

 

On Fabio Cannavaro:

As a team-mate, the one who taught me the most was undoubtedly Fabio Cannavaro.

On Andrea Pirlo:

Andrea Pirlo is football, he is a fantastic and sensational footballer

On Edinson Cavani:

Going up against a great champion like Cavani, giving each other hell for 90 minutes, then being able to walk off as opponents who respect one another is the beauty of sport.

On Mauro Icardi:

With all due respect to Icardi, the idea of him at Juve is fantasy football.

On Paul Pogba:

Pogba

was our Usain Bolt - he allowed us to play in a certain way.

On Luis Suarez and the biting incident at the 2014 World Cup:

Suarez? I bear no grudges.

I have crossed Suarez on the field and it was a pleasure. He is a great forward and that always means a challenge. I would like to swap my shirt with him.

Suarez and I are similar and I like facing strikers like him.

The truth is, I admire his mischief, because if Suarez were to lose that, he would become an average player.

On Sergio Ramos:

Sergio Ramos is the best defender in the world, but it's not just me saying this.

Salah's was a masterstroke. He, the teacher Sergio, always said that he did not want to, but he was aware that falling that way and without leaving that grip, nine times out of ten you can break your rival's arm.

On Jose Mourinho:

Juventus fans know a lot about him, but in Italy we love Mourinho for his success.

On Kalidou Koulibaly:

I respect Koulibaly a lot and we got to talk to each other, to understand what kind of person he is.

Comparing Neymar and Mbappe:

I think that Mbappe is better than

Neymar

because he's more consistent.

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!

On Pep Guardiola's influence on the Italian football:

He is a fantastic coach with a fantastic mind but Italian trainers have tried to copy him without the same knowledge and then in the last 10 years, we lost our identity.

On Paolo Montero:

Unfortunately, I didn't get to know Paolo Montero that well. He was someone else who lived like a king at night.

On his horror tackle on Bergessio:

On Bergessio, in 2013, I made a reckless tackle and I was so sorry. I told him I was sorry a thousand times but I couldn't give him back the piece that I broke.

On Real Madrid:

When you speak about Real Madrid, you talk about a lot of money - almost infinite funds - something very unique in the world.

There is a lot of respect for Real Madrid, but it doesn't mean we can't beat them.

Best Giorgio Chiellini quotes about his club and international career

We wrap up our article on Giorgio Chiellini quotes with a look at the

best Giorgio Chiellini quotes

about his club career at Juventus, as well as his international career with Italy.

On his international career with Italy

I hope that the fans know that we always show heart.

While we play for the club we are focused on usual routine, but when we are with the national team and the new kit is unveiled we feel closer to the World Cup.

It is great to hear that Italian football now has many supporters in Asia.

When you face

Spain

it's not a normal friendly.

Winning the Euros is a dream that we cultivated over three years and the coach drilled it into our heads until it became a reality, When he told us at the start to think about winning the Euros, we thought he was crazy, and yet we are right there on the verge and just one centimetre away from the trophy.

We thought that we’d be facing France rather than Spain in the semi-final, as they were the big favorites, they had all the quality needed and international experience. I thought France were a step above the rest, so I had assumed our path towards the Final would be Belgium, France and England.

We won, I think deservedly. We felt something magical in the air, we’d been saying it since the start of May and we deserve it, all of Italy deserves it, It was an incredible sensation, thank you to everyone who was part of this group over three years and we dedicate it to all those players who are watching from home too. (From Chiellini's interview with Rai Sports Italia after winning the Euro 2020)

On his life-long affection for Juventus and his career at the club

Juve are my side. I think and I hope to close my career here.

We want to keep developing, keep getting better and keep winning.

Only a fool would think the league was already won after just ten games.

Juventus is growing, year after year, and we need a champion like Cristiano.

I do not know if we play the most beautiful or attractive football, but we certainly play more intelligently, more functionally and more precisely than anyone else.

We know that you can only achieve certain targets by working.

I always say that Juventus should be judged in March and you can see why. We have found a system that gets the best out of the quality we have in the squad and ticks all the boxes.

Juventus versus Milan is always a classic.

When Juventus lose, everyone celebrates because they hope the title race will be open again.

The Champions League must not be an objective but instead a dream for us to pursue.

I watched the Juventus of Ciro Ferrara and Paolo Montero, even going back to Claudio Gentile and Gaetano Scirea.

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.

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.

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.

When I moved here I immediately fell in love with the club, and now I think it's difficult to find a bigger Juve fan on this earth than me, I became smarter. Now it's difficult to find a bigger Juventus fan than me.

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