Giorgio Chiellini at Twilight Age: Severe Injury, Rise, then Leads Italy to Euro 2020 Champion

Two years ago, Giorgio Chiellini suffered a severe injury. Now, at his old age as a footballer, Chiellini led Italy to win the Euro 2020 title. The start of the 2019-2020 season was a nightmare for Giorgio Chiellini. While undergoing a training session with Juventus, he injured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.

The injury made Chiellini have to be sidelined from the gridiron for six months. For Chiellini, it was a difficult moment. Because for the first time he suffered an ACL injury. In addition, he was already 35 years old.

For a footballer, the age of 35 is considered old age even though some players are still able to play at the highest level such as Chiellini and Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite being hit by a serious injury, Chiellini did not want to give up just like that. He said this injury is a challenge that must be faced.

“I consider this injury a challenge for me to show what is left of me,” Chiellini said at the time, quoted by Football Italia. Chiellini, who has won various prestigious trophies with Juventus, said that he still has a high motivation to pursue achievements.

“I’m very satisfied with what I’m doing. I still have a few years left,” said the Pisa-born center-back. The ACL injury he suffered made Giorgio Chiellini have to miss almost all matches in the 2019-2020 season.

In the 2020-2021 season, Chiellini, who has recovered from an ACL injury, was also plagued by other injuries. He had suffered a muscle injury that forced him to miss nine Serie A matches at the start of the 2020-2021 season.

Last season, he appeared in 25 matches in all competitions with Juventus. Even so, Chiellini did not lose his place in the Italy squad for Euro 2020.

In this European Cup tournament, Giorgio Chiellini is the captain and the most senior player in the Italian squad. The Euro 2020 event was also momentum for Chiellini’s revival, who had suffered a serious injury. At an age that is no longer young, he has shown maturity in the Gli Azzurri backline.

Chiellini missed the closing group match against Wales and the last 16 against Austria due to injury. After recovering, Chiellini always played the full game in the next three matches. He went through 120 minutes when Italy met Spain in the semifinals and England in the final.

Together with Leonardo Bonucci, Chiellini became a formidable duo at the heart of the Italian defense. Citing Squawka’s stats, Italy is unbeaten in 16 games under Roberto Mancini when Bonucci and Chiellini started together as starters.

Italy’s victory in the Euro 2020 final against England also made Giorgio Chiellini atone for his failure nine years ago. At Euro 2012, Chiellini also played in the final when Italy faced Spain.

Unfortunately, at that time Italy was crushed by four goals without a reply by Spain. Now, Giorgio Chiellini can smile widely at Euro 2020. At the age of 36, Chiellini led Italy to its second European Cup trophy.

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