Midfielder known for his playmaking ability; debuted for the Italian national team in 2006 and played in the English Premier League for Liverpool from 2009 to 2012.
He played youth soccer for Roma from 1999 to 2002.
He signed with Serie A club Fiorentina in 2012.
He married Italian film actress Michela Quattrociocche in 2012. He and Michela have two children.
He played alongside forward Dirk Kuyt on Liverpool.