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|Full name||Cristian Molinaro|
|Date of birth||30 July 1983|
|Place of birth||Vallo della Lucania, Italy|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Left back
|Current club||VfB Stuttgart|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:59, 9 June 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
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Molinaro was born in Vallo della Lucania to Emilio, who is a high school P.E. teacher, and Franca, who is an elementary school teacher. He was raised in Moio della Civitella, near Salerno. Molinaro has two brothers, both of them older than he is: Bartolomeo, a chartered accountant, and Angelo, a humanities teacher. Molinaro has a surveyor diploma and naturally his favourite subjects at school were humanities. He began playing football at age five in the Gelbison team. He generally played as a left winger in that period. When he joined Salernitana's youth academy, he was moved to left-back.
When Salernitana became bankrupt and restarted in Serie C1 in 2005, he was signed by Juventus F.C. on free transfer, who immediately loaned him to A.C. Siena, along with half of the player rights, for a nominal transfer fee of €500.
In June 2007, Juventus which won the Serie B championship purchased him back for €2.5M and he signed a contract until 2012, as the team lacked a left-back in the previous season after Giorgio Chiellini moved to central back.
During the 2007–08 Serie A season, his first season at Juventus, Molinaro started in 30 league matches and was a first team regular. He scored one goal. On 28 November 2008, Molinaro extended his deal with Juventus until 2013. After the deal, Molinaro stated, "I am really happy. It means I have earned it. I have been able to fulfil many dreams here at Juventus like playing in the Champions League for example."
In the 2008–09 season, he continued to play as a regular.
With the arrival of Italy international Fabio Grosso and Uruguayan Martín Cáceres in the summer, Molinaro signed a loan deal with VfB Stuttgart on 5 January 2010 which initially saw him stay at the club until the end of the 2009–10 season. On 1 June 2010, VfB Stuttgart took advantage of a contract option and signed Molinaro permanently until June 2014. Juventus announced that on 14 June they received €3.9M transfer fees and the deal was completed.
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