Verratti unveiled by PSG in 2012
|Full name||Marco Verratti|
|Date of birth||5 November 1992|
|Place of birth||Pescara, Italy|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Current club||Paris Saint-Germain|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Verratti was born in Pescara. A technically gifted playmaker with notable passing skills, Verratti developed in the Pescara youth system, making his first team debut in the 2008–09 season at the age of 16. In the 2009–10 season, he appeared more regularly for Pescara, and since then has become a key player in the first team. His performances have generated national media coverage as a potential star of the future and Italian international.
He achieved significant media exposure throughout the 2011–12 season, as new head coach Zdeněk Zeman decided to move him into a deep-lying playmaker position in his trademark 4–3–3 formation. In his new role, Verratti immediately became a key figure for his team.
On 18 July 2012, Verratti signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain in the French Ligue 1. He made his debut with PSG on 11 August 2012, playing as a starter in the Ligue 1 match against FC Lorient at the Parc des Princes in Paris. He went on to make 39 appearances during the 2012-13 season, playing a key role in PSG's Champions League campaign, playing 9 games.
On 20 August 2013, Verratti signed an one-year extension to his contract with PSG, keeping him at the club until 2018.
Verratti made his debut with the Italian under-21 side on 28 February 2012, playing as a starter in a friendly match against France. With the U-21 national team he took part at the 2013 UEFA U-21 Championship.
He has been included into Cesare Prandelli's preliminary 32-man list for the UEFA Euro 2012, being one of only two Serie B players (the other being Juventus's Angelo Ogbonna) to be part of it. He was subsequently cut from the squad on 28 May 2012.
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Serie B Player of the Year (1): 2012
- Bravo Award: 2012
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