Claudio Marchisio announced the end of an era with his retirement from professional football at the age of 33. The Juventus legend joined the Italian club at the age of seven and won seven league titles while in Turin.
After playing almost 400 matches for Juventus, the Italian midfielder departed the club in 2018 to join Russian top-flight side Zenit St Petersburg. However, he found his impact last season affected by a number of injuries.
Internationally, Marchisio was capped 55 times for Italy and was part of the side which reached the final of the 2012 European Championships in Kiev, Ukraine. Italy lost the game 4-0 to a rampant Spain side – with the sides having met earlier in the group stages in Poland too, and played out a 1-1 draw in which Marchisio featured.
Speaking about his retirement, the 33-yearold said: “I’m a kid from Turin who dreamed of playing for Juve and who did it.”
Marchisio played his first professional game for Juve in 2006 and remained with the club for the next 12 years, bar one season on loan at Empoli. A serious knee injury in 2016 affected his ability to hold down a regular starting berth.
Nicknamed ‘the little prince’, Marchisio also helped Juventus to four Italian Cup wins and two appearances in the final of the Champions League.