Winger who joined Sunderland in 2013 after spending two years with Juventus. He became a member of the Italian national team in 2012.
He debuted professionally for Cesena in 2004 after coming up through the club's youth set-up.
He was sent on loan to Forli, Bellaria Igea and Pavia between 2004 and 2008.
He was born in Bibbiena, Italy.
He and Andrea Pirlo became teammates on the Italian national team. They also played together on Juventus.