|Full name||Cristian Zaccardo|
|Date of birth||21 December 1981|
|Place of birth||Formigine, Italy|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:19, 19 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Cristian Zaccardo, Ufficiale OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkriːstjan dzakˈkardo], born 21 December 1981) is an Italian footballer who plays as a centre back for Serie A club Milan, although he is also capable of playing as a fullback or in midfield. He was a member of the Italian side that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
One of the best products of the Bologna F.C. 1909 youth system, Zaccardo debuted in the first team in 2001, under the direction of coach Francesco Guidolin, immediately becoming a regular for the rossoblu and Italy's under-21 national team. He left Bologna in 2004 to join his former coach Guidolin in Palermo. He was a regular starter for Palermo as he appeared in 142 league matches scoring 8 goals. After a season spent in Germany at VfL Wolfsburg, in which he helped the club to its first ever Bundesliga title, he rejoined his former coach Guidolin at Parma F.C. in August 2009. In his three and a half seasons with Parma Zaccardo appeared in 118 league matches and scored 10 goals.
On 24 January 2013, he was signed by Milan. The deal was part of a swap in which Djamel Mesbah moved to Parma. Towards the end of the 2014 summer transfer window, Milan had a deal with Parma about the swap of him and Jonathan Biabiany but he refused to move back to his former club. On 1 February 2015, he scored his first goal for Milan in a 3-1 home win against Parma.
He was part of the Italian squad who won the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Zaccardo made three appearances in the competition, scoring an own goal off an attempted clearance in the second azzurri match, a 1–1 draw against the United States. He has been overlooked by the national team since.
- As of 8 February 2015 (UTC)
|Club||Season||League||Cup [nb 1]||Europe [nb 2]||Other Tournaments||Total|
- Includes Coppa Italia, DFB-Ligapokal, DFB-Pokal, DFL-Supercup, and Supercoppa matches.
- Includes UEFA Supercup matches.
Zaccardo has the names of his two sons Niccolò and Ginevra Zaccardo tattooed on his left arm, while on his right arm a tattoo of his wife Alessia Serafini. From 6 March 2008, Zaccardo became an honorary citizen of Pollina, in the province of Palermo.
- FIFA.com[dead link]
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- "Coni: Consegnati i Collari d’oro e diplomi d’onore ai campionissimi". coni.it (in Italian). 23 October 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
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- C. Zaccardo – profile at A.C. Milan official website
- Zaccardo's profile (from US Palermo official website)