Gennaro Gattuso (born 9 January 1978) is a retired defensive midfielder. Renowned for his strength and aggressive style, Gattuso enjoyed a successful stint early in his career at Scottish giants Rangers. However, the majority of his career was spent at AC Milan where he played for 13 years and won several pieces of silverware, including 2 Serie A titles.
Gattuso was a crucial part of the 2006 Italian World Cup winning team and later ended his career in 2013 at FC Sion as player-manager.
Coming off the back of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ victory with Italy, Gennaro Gattuso shone again on the international stage in 2007. His dominant midfield displays were crucial as Milan went on to clinch another UEFA Champions League victory, topped off with the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup titles.
A FIFPro World XI nomination followed, cementing his reputation as one of the best defensive midfielders of his time.
Gennaro Gattuso joined Milan in the summer of 1999, quickly endearing himself to the fans thanks to his impressive work-rate and tenacity in midfield.
By 2002-03, he had formed a formidable midfield partnership with Andrea Pirlo, Gattuso’s combative style complimenting his teammate’s creativity. That season, Gattuso picked up his first silverware at a senior level as Milan won the Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League, before adding the 2003 UEFA Super Cup.
During the mid-2000s Gennaro Gattuso established himself as one of the world’s best midfielders, shining domestically for Milan as well as on the international stage for Italy.
A warrior throughout the tournament, Gattuso’s commanding performances played a pivotal role in the Azzurri’s FIFA World Cup™ victory in 2006, his fine displays earning him a place in the tournament’s All-star team.