Fabio Mamerto Cannavaro is the captain of the Italian national team and plays his club football for the Spanish and European giants Real Madrid. He captained his nation to the 2006 World Cup triumph in Germany and has won La Liga for two successive years with Real Madrid. He is considered as one of the best defenders of all time.
Cannavaro commenced his playing career with Italian romantic side Napoli and played there from 1992 till 1995 when he was sold to Parma. It was at Parma that Cannavaro attracted the eyes of the bigger clubs and of the world and stayed there until 2002 after winning the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia in 1998 with some help from his then teammates Lilian Thuram and Gianluigi Buffon.
Cannavaro then moved onto traditional Italian giants Inter Milan at the end of the 2001-2002 season and reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in his very first season. But he was on the move again and this time he went to Italy’s most supported and successful club Juventus. In his exceptionally eventful debut season for the Old Lady of Turin, Cannavaro won the scudetto with Juve and collected l’Oscar del Calcio: Migliore difensore, the Football Oscar.
But in the wake of the Calciopoli scandal in the summer of 2006, Juventus were stripped of the two Italian Serie A titles that they has won the seasons earlier and were relegated to the Serie B. Fabio Cannavaro was one of a host of players to head for the exit door and after winning the World Cup in sensational fashion with Italy, he left Turn for Madrid to play for Real Madrid.
He has been at Real Madrid for two seasons now and although his form has suffered, he is still an important part of the team and has won La Liga title two seasons in a row. Cannavaro won the FIFA World Player of the Year and the Ballon d’Or in 2006 for his exceptional display in the Germany World Cup and has featured 115 times so far for his nation Italy.