Giorgio Chiellini was born in Pisa, Italy on August 14, 1984. Chiellini started out his career at the age of six with Livorno as a midfielder, but eventually and slowly made the transition to become a tough defender. Chiellini made the transition to become a reliable left back and made over 57 appearances with the club, scoring four goals from 2000-2004.
Chiellini had an interesting four years with Livorno, as he was actually sold in 2002 to AS Roma in an exchange deal involving current AC Milan No. 2 custodian Marco Amelia.
For some reason, AS Roma never gave him his chance and sent him back to Livorno for the next two seasons, where he improved his game to another level. He was then sold to Juventus in the summer of 2004.
That summer, Juventus sold him to Fiorentina in a co-ownership deal, where he had an excellent first season in Serie A, making 42 appearances and scoring three goals. Juventus bought him, getting full ownership the next season, where he led Juventus to the later-stripped Scudetto.
Displaying his loyalty to the team, Chiellini decided to stay with the club despite their demotion, where he became an important member and key player for the team, making 35 appearances and scoring four goals.
In the next season following promotion back to Serie A, then-coach Claudio Ranieri converted Chiellini into a central defender due to injuries to the club's main central defenders. Chiellini starred in that position and was voted as Serie A's best central defender that season. He had a "man of the match" performance against Inter and in particular, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a memorable highlight.
Chiellini is now considered one of the best defenders in the world and one of the finest to emerge from Italy in recent times. He is a regular Italian international.
This season, Chiellini has made 40 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals and making one assist.