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Italy icon Chiellini calls time on playing career

Chiellini won 9 Serie A titles with Juve and also captained Italy to their Euro 2020 triumph

Update : 12 Dec 2023, 10:23 PM

Giorgio Chiellini Tuesday announced his retirement at the age of 39, bringing the curtain down on a trophy-packed career.

Former Italy and Juventus defender Chiellini revealed he would be hanging up his boots after playing his last match Saturday, in Los Angeles FC's Major League Soccer Cup final defeat to Columbus Crew. 

"You have been the most beautiful and intense journey of my life. You have been my everything," Chiellini wrote on social media alongside a video showing the highlights of his career. 

"With you I have travelled a unique and unforgettable path. But now it is time to start new chapters, face new challenges and write further important and exciting pages of life."

Chiellini won nine Serie A titles with Juve and also captained Italy to their Euro 2020 triumph at Wembley, where they defeated England on penalties in the final.

He began his career at Livorno before moving to Juve in 2005 after a season at Fiorentina, playing for the Turin club for 17 years.

Chiellini quit international football last year after being capped 117 times for his country.

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