Montolivo pictured in 2012
|Full name||Riccardo Montolivo|
|Date of birth||18 January 1985|
|Place of birth||Caravaggio, Italy|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:54, 19 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Riccardo Montolivo (Italian pronunciation: [rikˈkardo montoˈlivo]; born 18 January 1985) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Milan. He has played in Serie A for Atalanta, Fiorentina and his current club. An Italian international, Montolivo has represented his country at several major tournaments, such as the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Football Championship and the Olympic Games.
A versatile player capable of playing anywhere in midfield, Montolivo's two main roles are as a deep-lying playmaker (regista) and an attacking midfielder (trequartista), which best utilise his technical ability, creativity and range of passing.
Club career 
Montolivo began his career in Serie B with Atalanta. At the age of 18, he made his debut during the 2003–04 season. He played 41 matches and scored four goals, helping Atalanta gain promotion to Serie A. In his first season in Serie A, he played 32 times and scored three goals. However, his efforts were in vain as Atalanta were relegated back down to Serie B.
Montolivo moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 2005. Initially Atalanta retained part-ownership of the player but the following summer they relinquished that option as Fiorentina took full ownership.
During the 2005–06 season Montolivo's first-team chances were limited, partly due to the fact that he was still an inexperienced player and partly because manager Cesare Prandelli had a relatively stable and reliable squad of players at his disposal. The young man's talents did not go unrecognised though. He became a fixture in Italy's Under-21 team, coached by Pierluigi Casiraghi.
The 2007–08 season started well for the Viola midfielder: in the first match day he was as one of the best on the field against Empoli, against which he also scored a splendid goal from a lob. The season follows between ups and downs, but Montolivo confirms himself during the course of the championship as one of the best talents in Italian football.
In early 2010, due to the departures of then-captain Dario Dainelli and vice-captain Martin Jørgensen, Montolivo was appointed captain of the Tuscany-based club. At the end of the 2010–11, Montolivo refused to sign a contract extension, which had a year remaining.
Montolivo was highly praised for his performance in the derby against Internazionale on 7 October 2012. Also in this game the referee discarded a stunning 30-yard volley by Montolivo due to a challenge committed by Emanuelson.
On 30 October 2012, Montolivo scored his first goal with A.C. Milan in the 69th minute after Milan were down 2–0 to Palermo by the 47th minute after half-time in the 10th round of 2012–13 Serie A. A.C. Milan drew the match 2–2.
On 25 November 2012, vs Juventus (match won 1–0 by Milan), as Bonera and Ambrosini were suspended and Abbiati was injured, he played his first match as Milan's captain, a few days before this, the club's owner Silvio Berlusconi visited Milanello, and him and the players decided that the captain band will be given either to Montolivo or to the 36-year old Colombian captain Mario Yepes.
International career 
Montolivo scored the winning goal when Italy's under-21 team defeated Spain 2–1 and qualified for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship on 10 October 2006. Seven days later, he made his debut for the senior team in a 2–0 friendly win against South Africa. He was included in Italy's provisional squad for Euro 2008 by head coach Roberto Donadoni, however, he was omitted from the final squad of 23 players.
In 2008, Pierluigi Casiraghi called-up Montolivo to participate in the Olympic Games in Beijing. He scored one goal in four appearances as Italy were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Belgium. After playing a bit-part role at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, Montolivo was included in Italy's 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Montolivo scored his first senior international goal in a 2–1 friendly win against Spain in Bari. Montolivo made four appearances at Euro 2012 as Italy progressed to the final, where they lost 4–0 to Spain.
International goals 
- Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first
|1.||10 August 2011||Stadio San Nicola, Bari||Spain||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|2.||16 October 2012||San Siro, Milan||Denmark||1–0||3–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Career statistics 
Personal life 
In addition to holding a German passport; Montolivo also holds an Italian passport – his mother is from Ascheberg and his grandparents are from Heidkate in Kieler Förde, Germany on the Baltic Sea coast, where Montolivo spent all of his summers as a youth.
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