Italian former defender known for his extraordinary goal-scoring ability for his position. He scored the game-winning goal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup to secure Italy's victory over France.
He grew up in Lecce, Italy, playing soccer.
He played professionally from 2003-2011.
His father is soccer manager and former player Giuseppe Materazzi.
He provoked Zinedine Zidane's headbutt that delivered a red card to the French star at the 2006 World Cup final.