Italian defensive midfielder known as Captain Future, who was named Italian Footballer of the Year in 2009. He began his long tenure with AS Roma in 2001, leading the team to multiple Serie A and Coppa Italia Championships. He became a member of the Italian national team in 2004, winning the World Cup with the team in 2006.
He began his youth career with Ostia Mare in 1997.
He was featured on the cover of FIFA 09.
He had a daughter with his ex-wife Tamara Pisnoli.
He appeared in an Adidas commercial alongside fellow soccer player Steven Gerrard.