Center back who made his professional debut in 1998 for Napoli, moving to Parma in 1999 and later rejoining Napoli in 2006. He then played for Sassuolo from 2014 until 2017.
From 1996-1998, he played youth soccer for Napoli.
He played on loan for Verona in 2001-2002.
He was born in Naples, Italy. His older brother Fabio Cannavaro is also a professional soccer player.
Left winger Lorenzo Insigne joined him in Napoli in 2009.