“I’ve been part of the Juventus setup since I was seven years old. At the beginning, I played as a striker, but after a friendly in the youth team I found my calling in midfield. I learnt the basics from my father, who started telling me at the age of three that I should learn to kick with both feet. It is thanks to him that I fell in love with football, which, for me, is undoubtedly the greatest game on the planet. Team sports have something special about them just like the bonds that are forged in the dressing room. And when you are lucky enough to celebrate a goal with your friends and team-mates, you feel at that moment as if you are at the centre of the universe.”

Claudio Marchisio