Birth date 12 Nov 1986 (33 years)
Nationality Italy Italy
Height 180 cm
Position Defender
Number 20
Team history
AC Milan 2009 - 2019
Torino 2008 - 2009
Empoli 2007 - 2008
Modena 2006 - 2007 (loan)
AC Milan 2003 - 2007
Piacenza 2005 - 2006 (loan)
SSC Napoli 2004 - 2005 (loan)

Ignazio Abate is an Italy international football player who currently features for the Italian and European giants AC Milan. He plays as a right-back and is a first-choice regular for the Rossoneri.

Abate developed at the youth academy of Milan and was part of the first-team until between 2003 and 2007. However, he failed to make a single first-team appearance for them, as he played on loan at Napoli, Sampdoria, Piacenza and Modena during those years.

In 2007 Abate joined Empoli and after an impressive 2007-08 campaign in which he scored one goal in 24 league matches joined Torino.

In the summer of 2009 Milan signed Abate back from Torino for €2.55 million. He quickly became a regular and won Serie A in 2010-11.

Abate made his international debut for Italy on November 11, 2011 against Poland in a friendly international - the Azzurri won the game 2-0. He was part of the Italy squad that reached the final of Euro 2012.