Italian veteran defender, Giorgio Chiellini, is set to hang his boots after the finalissima against Argentina next June. The game which will be held in Wembley stadium will mark his 117 caps with Gli Azzurri. The 37-year old centre back will be joining the former Roma skipper, Danielle de Rossi on the fourth of all-time national team caps.
Chiellini told the press regarding his intention to retire in June after Juventus snatched an away win over Sassuolo last Monday.
"I'll say goodbye to the Nazionale at Wembley, which is where I experienced the apex of my career winning the Euros. I'd like to say goodbye to the Azzurri with a nice memory. That will certainly be my last game with Italy."
The Juventus defender has been the key man of his club and Gli Azzurri since 2007. He has scored eight goals in international fixtures. His most notable goal was in the round of 16 of EURO 2016. Chiellini netted an opener while taking on Spain which resulted 2-0 win. That was his only goal in major international tournaments.
Chiellini has been included in the squad for World Cup 2010 and 2014, plus EURO 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020, when he helped Gli Azzurri clinch their second European title and his only silverware for his country. The former Livorno man actually made his debut in November 2004 in the match against Finland under Marcelo Lippi. However, he did not make the cut for the squad in world cup 2006 when Italy became the champions.
Meanwhile, in his club, Chiellini made a debut in the Italian top flight with Fiorentina in 2004/05 season after previously spending his early years with Livorno in Serie B. In the following season, the Pisa-born defender moved to Turin and has played for La Vecchia Signora ever since. He has won more domestic silverwares than continental ones with nine Serie A and five Coppa Italia titles. His best results in European competition were reaching Champions League final twice in 2015 and 2017. Unfortunately, his side lost to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.
Regarding his future in Turin, Chiellini added in his statement that he is currently still holding the talks with his current team.
"My love affair with Juventus is not ending. It will never end! The love is so strong. Of course, from now to the end of the season I do have to evaluate everything, talk to my family about what is best. Let's reach fourth place first and win the Coppa Italia, then we'll sit down with my two families – at home and Juventus – to figure out what is best for everyone."