Leonardo Bonucci Quotes, a complete collection

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

Leonardo Bonucci

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, Bonucci started his professional career in 2005 at Inter Milan. He spent the next three seasons on loan at Treviso, Pisa and Genoa before settling in Bari.

Bonnuci's career breakthrough came in 2010 when he joined his most beloved club, Juventus. At the same year he was called up to Italy's national team for the first time. Bonucci has had two career spells with Juventus, the first one lasted for seven years. In 2017, He joined AC Milan in a controversial move that lasted only one season. In 2018 he returned to Juventus and has stayed at the club ever since. Bonucci has been playing at Juventus and the national team in the past 11 years.

During his illustrated career, Bonucci has won almost every major trophy in football including 9 Serie A, 4 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.

Praised for his amazing technique and long passes, Bonucci has scored around 50 goals in over 700 matches during his club and international career so far. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of

Leonardo Bonucci quotes


Best Collection of Leonardo Bonucci quotes

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

Leonardo Bonucci quotes about his personal life

Leonardo Bonucci was born into a family of football fans from Viterbo, Italy. He spent his childhood in his hometown and learnt the basics of football at


's academy.

Bonucci 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 current wife, Martina Maccari. The two married in 2011 and have two sons and one daughter. it is certainly interesting to know more about

Leonardo Bonucci quotes

on his own childhood, personality and private life.

On his childhood

When I was a kid I was the black sheep of the family because all my uncles and cousins were big Inter fans while I've always been Juve. In fact when I'm injured or suspended I'll be in the stands behind the goal when we're playing - in with the fans where I'm happiest.

As a lad I missed five months of sporting activity to OSD. It used to wake me up at night with pain in my knees.

The players who played for Milan when I was a child are legends for what they've won and given to football. Then, when I got bigger, Nesta became my idol and I went on to become a defender.

On his wife and kids

For three or four months, my head was just not in the right place, it's the head that gets the legs moving. For around 15 days after the surgery, until I started to see him improving, I was just not interested in training or anything to do with football.

I've always hated hospitals and tried to avoid them, but at that time I had to be there and I was really struggling to be calm. Matteo is much better now and our family feels more united than ever. Yes, I thought about quitting.

Football was just not my priority at that moment. You see your son with so much to live for, he's asking you so many questions and why this is happening to him... and I had no answers. Priorities change at those times. Now I tell myself that I am lucky. Everything I have done has been from the heart. (From Bonnuci's interview with El Pais)

On his personality, Believes and objectives

I want to win all the titles.

Unfortunately, it is part of Italian football and our culture to come to the stadium and whistle players for the choices they make.

I wouldn't trade any of the championships I've won for anything.

I have to prove everything on the pitch.

I've always given everything, really, to the end

With clever and mature people, it becomes clear: you shake hands, and look together towards the same goal.

I live for the victory, I can't help myself.

My motto is 'from difficulties up to the stars.' I got a tattoo to represent that when I used to sit in the stands at Treviso.

When I found myself facing jeers by wearing the shirts of Juventus and Milan, I always accepted them.

There is nothing better than feeling you are a player that youngsters look up to.

What I discovered is that there has always been a soldier inside me; I just didn't know it.

When the best manager in the world says you're one of his favourite players, you act like it's nothing, but you still can't help but have a smile on your lips.

Having discussions over the years is normal, as I am someone who is very direct and always speaks the truth.

I understand the fans, I respect them. I'll accept the whistling and booing. It's up to me to transform that all into applause.

Real Madrid

's interest? Yes, it's true, Real Madrid were interested in me. It was an honor and pleasure for me, it means that I have worked well in these years.

The truth is that we should live with less envy and more cordiality and empathy.

We are professionals, we have to set the example and not provoke anyone.

It is exactly in tough times when we discover our full potential, it allows our mind and body to push ourselves beyond our limits.

My dream is to become an important coach of a great team, possibly Juventus. So, I'm observing and putting aside all the secrets of the various coaches that I have had to try to get the best out of myself.

it’s also very “Italian” to put the blame on others.

Leonardo Bonucci quotes about football and his playing style

Leonardo Bonucci been praised for his technique, passing range, technical prowess, and his ability to excel both offensively and defensively. He has been a key member of the Italy national team and Juventus for the past 11 years and has shown his strong personality in many key moments of his amazing career. His partnership with Chiellini at Juventus and Italy national team has been amazing and the two most recently won the Euro 2020 together, The followings are the

top quotes by Leonardo Bonucci

about football and his own playing style.

On football:

The goal is to be at the top in the spring.

When I can, I watch English games, and not only for the quality of the players on display. I'm hot-headed, and I love the passion that exudes from their packed stands.

All families have disagreements, but good often comes of it if they are constructive discussions.

Defending is definitely an art.

When we are organized on the pitch, it is easier to play in defense.

The objective is to be competitive from March onwards.

In football you should never take anything for granted.

Defending is not only done by the defenders, just as attacking is not only down to the forwards.

This stadium is the history of football, the most important arena in Italy. Stepping into San Siro always has an effect on you.

On his Playing style

Defence for me is so important because I do not want anyone to trespass and invade my property because that goal is my property.

Since I was in the youth team I would love to dribble past opponents with a dummy. That tendency got even stronger under Giampiero Ventura at Bari, as we never threw the ball away.

These technical flicks and tricks come naturally to me and I don't really think about them. I did a backheel against Udinese and the coach would've strangled me if he could have!

I defend my goal as if it were my home. I do my best to defend it and not to allow anyone to score goals or penetrate that. It's true.

I got the wrong job. If I had to choose another occupation, other than playing football, I would make an excellent defense minister.

Leonardo Bonucci 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. Bonucci 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 Leonardo Bonucci quotes on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival here at Juventus has been fundamental.

If someone like Cristiano arrives at the club, then inevitably you will improve.

How do we stop Messi [vs Juventus]? With great team work. We want to enhance the qualities of our alien, Cristiano.

I would have to say that the best player in the world at the moment is... Cristiano Ronaldo. He can make the difference in any game. When we played in Cardiff in the Champions League final, he showed that he is determined to keep getting better and stay at the top.

Messi is stopped with great teamwork, being a champion, he makes you win games alone. With teamwork, in the defensive phase, we can stop Messi’s qualities and highlight the qualities of our alien and champion.

The best player in the world? Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s the best player I’ve ever faced. He has all the characteristics of a champion.

I think they each have their own style. Messi has more talent, a supernatural talent, but Ronaldo has built himself. He became a kind of augmented player. Nevertheless, they are both exceptional, a class above, phenomenal players.

Top quotes by Leonardo Bonucci about famous football players and teams

In this part of the article we present you with the

top quotes by Leonardo Bonucci

about other football great stars and teams, including his comments on his coaches, Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sari, Maximiliano Alegri and Roberto Mancini,

On Roberto Mancini:

Mancini makes us feel good inside and outside of the field.

Mancini has been able to pull the right strings, giving us back enthusiasm without too much pressure. He gave us a precise imprint in the way of playing, enhancing the qualities of the individuals. We will try to exceed our limits and try to give joy to the fans.

On Andrea Belotti:


is someone who drags you forward, he's such a hard worker.

On Maurizio Sari:

Sarri is meticulous, passionate about tactics, he likes to make the team play well.

I was struck by the ideas of Sarri, when you see them from outside you get a certain idea but when you are inside you understand the intelligence of a coach who has brought new ideas.

On Antonio Conte:

Mr. Conte is important as a coach that is able to really implement a game plan.

I have grown a lot as a player and I have to thank Conte for helping in my development.

What Conte gave me was hunger, the desire to never give in, the mentality that allows you to go beyond pain to reach your objectives.

If I've ever followed Conte, then it's been to get a coffee at most.

On his partnership with Giorgio Chiellini:

What interests


and I is not conceding goals. We're able to create chances and it makes us happy when we take them.

The English fans whistled the anthem, they thought they had brought it home, this, to me and the old man there [Giorgio Chiellini] did nothing but increase our motivation. It was a personal satisfaction for me and Giorgio, who have not always been getting the praise we deserved.

On Alessandro Nesta:

I watched a lot of Alessandro Nesta videos, as he had similar characteristics, studied carefully and applied myself.

On Maximiliano Alegri:

Allegri is very good at managing the locker room in the most difficult moments of a season, to make the team understand how to manage the time of a match.

On Didier Drogba:

Drogba is certainly one of the best strikers in the world and has gone to Galatasaray after his experience in China, with the desire to keep surprising.

On Genaro Gattuso

I met some beautiful people at Milan, first of all Rino Gattuso. It was a difficult year, but that's not to say it was useless.

On Andrea Pirlo:

Pirlo's a leader - a silent leader, but one who knows how to carry his team through difficult moments.

Best player I’ve played with? Pirlo? Give him the ball and he’ll put it in the bank. I learned so much from Andrea.

Best Leonardo Bonucci quotes about his club and international career

We wrap up our article on Leonardo Bonucci quotes with a look at the

best Leonardo Bonucci quotes

about his club and international career.

On his international career with Italy

The national team should unite under one flag, leaving out the club stories.

Being captain of the national team is definitely something you can feel


I feel I have the Juve shirt sewn to my body because I breathe it every day, but wearing the national team shirt is also an honor



European Championship

will be great to showcase that Italy are back to being as hungry as the one of the 2000s.

I was in the right place at the right time, we lacked that centimeter but from there on we believed in it until we brought it home. (On his goal at Euro 2020 final against England)

The dedication goes to those who left us in this year and a half. Among so many champions, as done for [Davide] Astori, I want to make a special dedication to Paolo Rossi, a great man


The cup is for him and the Italians who have suffered. Thanks to everyone, from the first to the last Italian.

(On winning the Euro 2020)

It’s a dream come true and the credit goes to the coach, the whole squad, When we got together in Sardinia, there was something different compared to the past. We slowly gained confidence, certainty, and unity. This was the icing on the cake that makes us legends.

It’s a unique feeling and we are relishing it. Seeing 58,000 people leave before the trophy was handed out is something to relish, now the Cup is coming to Rome. They thought it was staying in London, sorry for them, but Italy once again taught a lesson.

We said during the warm-up, what was happening in the stands was purely just background noise. We had 34 games unbeaten, all we needed to do was exactly what we’d done so far to get here, not one bit more, not one bit less.

(From an interview with Rai 1)

They thought the trophy would stay in London, now it's going to Rome. Italy has schooled again.

More pasta! We need to eat more pasta! It's coming to Rome!

It’s a unique pleasure, I’m sorry for the English fans but it was very nice to see them leaving the stadium. They all thought it was coming home, but it’s coming to Rome. Very nice to see, indeed.

On his club career

With AC Milan

I hope to do with Milan what Pirlo did with Juve.

As I said in the past, when I chose to come to

AC Milan

I knew I would go through good and bad times.

The decision to go to Milan, as everyone knows, made me mature as a man. It was a big chance and perhaps too big for the man I was at the time.

Those months at Milan let me do some soul-searching and made me realize that my calling was at Juventus, who are like my family.

When I chose to come to Milan, I knew there would be another side to the medal from the one I saw the day I was presented here. The message the club were giving out was clear: this year is no joking matter.

With Juventus

I will give all I have got to improve my qualities and be important for Juve and for the national team.

Juventus is an historic club that only fights to win.

Juventus have been everything to me over the years. I grew up a lot here and the club always supported me.

In Europe we know that the great teams always improve and we will have to do battle with them.

It is not in the DNA of Juventus to think of a draw.

The Juventus that I know has always shown more hunger than their opponents.

At Juve you always have to go onto the field ready to give your best.

I always gave everything for Juventus, but then everybody has a right to believe what they want.

I have always said that for me it would be an honor to continue at Juventus and to end my career here, because it's a shirt you are proud to wear.

When you are part of a group for seven years, you leave something - I hope - beautiful inside each of your former team-mates.

They were all ready, they were there waiting for the final moment to be able to do what they enjoy the most. But they forgot the pride of this group, the mentality of this team, the motto of this club. Two trophies won by the squad. A goal achieved when everyone was already preparing for the funeral.

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