Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Ivan Gattuso, Ufficiale OMRI (; born 9 January 1978) is an Italian football manager and a former player. As a player, he mainly played as a defensive midfielder. Despite not being blessed with notable technical ability, Gattuso was a strong, energetic, consistent, aggressive, and hard tackling player with an extremely high work rate, who also possessed a powerful shot, quick reactions, as well as an excellent positional sense and good anticipation. Due to these characteristics, in his prime, he was widely regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. He was also renowned for his competitive nature and his leadership qualities, often wearing the captain’s armband for Milan following Maldini’s retirement. During his career at Milan, he has won the Champions League, in 2002–03 and 2006–07, the Coppa Italia in 2002–03, and also the Serie A title in 2003–04 and 2010–11. In addition to these titles, he also won two Italian Supercups, two UEFA Supercups, and a FIFA Club World Cup. His talismanic midfield partnership with Andrea Pirlo played a key role in Italy’s World Cup victory in 2006 and Milan’s successes both domestically and at European level, in particular under Ancelotti. Gattuso’s managerial career began as player-manager of his final club, Sion of the Swiss Super League, and he also had short spells in charge of Palermo and OFI Crete.

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