Italian striker who was twice named Serie A Young Footballer of the Year while playing with AS Roma; joined Parma in 2013 after spending a season with both Internazionale and AC Milan and became a member of the Italian national team in 2003.
He began his youth soccer career at age 15 with AS Bari.
He appeared in 19 matches for Real Madrid from 2006 to 2008, scoring 2 goals and helping the team secure a La Liga title in 2007.
He married Carolina Marcialis on June 19, 2010; the couple had two sons together, Christopher and Lionel.
He named his second son after Lionel Messi.