Daniele De Rossi
- AS Roma 2001 - present
Daniele De Rossi is a young Italian international player who currently features for the Italian powerhouse AS Roma. He plays as a central defender who can tackle very hard and can also distribute the ball well in the midfield besides possessing a venomous right foot.
Daniele De Rossi is a product of the AS Roma youth academy and made his senior debut in October 2001 Belgian side RSC Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League. He made his Italian Serie A debut in May 2003.
De Rossi has developed into one of the most important players for Roma in the last four seasons. He is now the midfield engine for Luciano Spalletti’s side and his combative approach to a game of football has attracted the attention of one and all.
In a match against Messina in the 2003-2004 season De Rossi scored with his hand. Referee Mauro Bergonzi didn’t see the incident until De Rossi told him that he had indeed handled the ball in what remains one of the most talked about fair-play incident in Italian football. That goal was disallowed though.
De Rossi has played over 250 matches in all competitions for Roma and has also collected 33 international caps for Italy. He played for Italy in the 2006 World Cup in Germany and was sent off in the group stage match against the USA for an elbow on Brian McBride.
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