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|Date of birth||8 January 1972|
|Place of birth||Orzinuovi, Italy|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Left back, Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 December 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).
His strong performance resulted in him being signed by Lazio during the summer of 1992. Following the departure of Alessandro Nesta to Milan in 2002 he became team captain. During his time with Lazio he won a Scudetto, 3 Coppa Italia 2 Supercoppa Italiana and the UEFA Super Cup, as well as establishing himself as a fan favorite. In 12 seasons with the Biancocelesti he made 401 appearances in all competitions, scoring 6 goals.
He later moved to Internazionale joining the club on 1 June 2004 on a free transfer. With Inter he won the Coppa Italia twice, in 2005 and 2006 meaning he had won the trophy in three consecutive years (2004, 2005 and 2006). He also won his second Scudetto with Inter following the Calciopoli scandal which saw Juventus stripped of the 2006 title and it being awarded to Inter. However, he was not always chosen to start for the team and the arrival of Fabio Grosso after the World Cup meant that he was deemed surplus to the squad and as a result, did not have his contract renewed at the end of the 2006 season.
He was then subsequently signed by A.C. Milan on a free transfer, but once again, with players such as Kakha Kaladze and Paolo Maldini ahead of him in the ranks playing left-back, he would spend the seasons mainly on the bench. In the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final he appeared as a substitute late in the game which saw Milan gain their seventh European Cup in a 2–1 win over Liverpool FC. He was affectionately nicknamed Favallinho by Milan supporters after he scored his only two goals of the 2006–07 Serie A campaign in back-to-back wins over Empoli and Messina in April 2007. Towards the end of his career he was used as a centre-back by the Rossoneri.
On 1 July 2010, he was released by Milan at the age of 38 and retired thereafter.
He has earned 8 full caps and was part of the squad at Euro 2004 but made only one appearance replacing Gennaro Gattuso in the 76th minute in a 1–1 draw with Sweden. Italy performed poorly and, surprisingly, exited at the group stage, Sweden and Denmark qualified for the quarter-finals at their expense.
- Serie A: 1999–00
- Coppa Italia: 1998, 2000, 2004
- Supercoppa Italiana: 1998, 2000
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1999
- UEFA Super Cup: 1999
- UEFA Champions League: 2007
- UEFA Super Cup: 2007
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2007
- Dubai Challenge Cup: 2009