Ranocchia with Inter in 2011
|Date of birth||16 February 1988|
|Place of birth||Assisi, Italy|
|Height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2008–2010||→ Bari (loan)||34||(3)|
|2016||→ Sampdoria (loan)||14||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 June 2016.
Born in Assisi in the province of Perugia, Ranocchia started his career at Perugia then in Arezzo. Ranocchia played for Arezzo's Primavera team in 2005–06 season. He made his professional debut with the Arezzo senior side in Serie B under manager Antonio Conte during the 2006–07 season.
In August 2008, Genoa purchased half of the registration rights of Ranocchia for €1.55 million and sent him on loan to Bari, rejoining Arezzo coach Conte, where he won the Serie B Championship, obtaining promotion to Serie A the following season, and forming a promising defensive partnership with fellow emerging Italian centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. On 26 June 2009 Genoa signed him outright for another €2.45 million from Arezzo; Genoa paid €4 million in total for him within a year.
Return to Genoa
On 1 July 2010 he moved back to Genoa. After a link with Inter in February 2010, the clubs agreed a deal in June 2010 which involved the transfer of young striker Mattia Destro. The transfer became official on 20 July 2010, which Inter signed half of the registration rights of Ranocchia for €6.5 million and sent Destro on loan to Genoa with option to sign him in co-ownership deal (who later purchased outright for €4.5 million). Ranocchia also loaned back to Genoa for a season.
On 27 December 2010, Internazionale bought full ownership of Ranocchia from Genoa for €12.5 million, valuing him at €19 million in total, which was later confirmed by Genoa President Enrico Preziosi who expressed his delight at doing business with Inter. The president of Inter, Massimo Moratti, spoke on the transfer to Sky Italia and said: "Finally an Italian. We had kept an eye on him from before. It is our project to go ahead with young players." On 9 January 2011, Ranocchia made his Inter debut in a 2–1 win over Catania. He made his Champions League debut against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Round of 16; Inter eventually progressed to the quarter-finals where they were eliminated by eventual semi-finalists Schalke 04. Ranocchia completed his first season with Inter by attaining a second-place finish in Serie A, also winning the 2010–11 Coppa Italia; the following season, however, Inter lost out to Serie A Champions and cross-city rivals Milan in the 2011 Supercoppa Italiana Final.
Ranocchia was appointed as the new Inter captain ahead of the 2014–15 season, replacing the retired Javier Zanetti. On 30 June 2015 Inter announced that Ranocchia agreed to a four-year contract extension, keeping him with the club until 2019. During the 2014–15 season, Ranocchia made a total of 42 appearances and scored two goals, but was replaced as the club's captain by the young striker Mauro Icardi at the end of the season.
Loan to Sampdoria
On 21 August 2007 he made his debut with the Italy U21 squad in a friendly match against France, replacing Fabiano Santacroce. He took part at the 2009 U-21 Championship, where the Italy under-21 side reached the semi-finals, only to be defeated by eventual champions Germany.
Style of play
Ranocchia has been described as a large, strong, and physically imposing centre back, with good tactical knowledge and concentration, as well as an ability to read the game and time his tackles well. He has predominantly drawn praise for his aerial ability, making him a goal threat from set pieces, and former Inter centre back Marco Materazzi has described Ranocchia as his heir due to his own aerial prowess. A former attacking midfielder, he is also known for being comfortable in possession due to his solid technique and reliable distribution. Regarded as one of the most promising Italian defenders of his generation in his youth, former Inter full-back and captain Javier Zanetti has also praised Ranocchia for his leadership, which eventually saw him inherit the role of club captain. In recent seasons, however, Ranocchia has drawn criticism due to his decision making and proneness to errors when under pressure, as well as his lack of pace, as his fitness has been affected several injuries.
- As of 29 March 2016.
|Italy national team|
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