Center back known for excellent long passing skills, he appeared first on Internazionale in 2005 and made his first international appearance for Italy in 2010.
He played youth soccer for Viterbese.
He signed with Juventus in 2010.
He married model Martina Maccari in June 2011.
He became teammates with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon on Italy and Juventus in 2010.