Cristiano Piccini with Betis in 2015
|Full name||Cristiano Piccini|
|Date of birth||26 September 1992|
|Place of birth||Florence, Italy|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2011–2012||→ Carrarese (loan)||32||(1)|
|2012–2013||→ Spezia (loan)||30||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Livorno (loan)||20||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ Betis (loan)||12||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:26, 19 May 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2019
Born in Florence, Piccini joined Fiorentina's youth setup in 2002, aged ten, after starting it out at Sporting Arno. On 5 December 2010 he made his first team – and Serie A – debut, coming on as a substitute for Manuel Pasqual in a 1–0 home win against Cagliari.
On 30 August 2011 Piccini was loaned to third division club Carrarese, in a season-long deal. He scored his first professional goal on 4 April of the following year, netting the first in a 1–3 home loss against Virtus Lanciano.
On 27 August 2014 Piccini moved to Spanish Segunda División side Real Betis. He made his debut on 7 September, starting in a 1–4 away loss against SD Ponferradina in which he played a part in Jorge Molina's goal, and made 11 more appearances as they won the title.
Piccini signed a permanent four-year deal with the Verdiblancos on 9 July 2015, with Fiorentina holding a buyback option. He made his La Liga debut on 23 August, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal CF.
On 8 January 2017, Piccini scored his first top-flight goal to conclude a 2–0 win over CD Leganés at the Estadio Benito Villamarín, and followed it two months later to open a 1–1 draw at Deportivo de La Coruña. He was also sent off twice over the course of the season, the first coming after 16 minutes of a 3–1 loss at SD Eibar for a foul on Takashi Inui.
On 23 July 2018, Piccini signed with La Liga club Valencia. In his debut season for the club, he made 38 appearances, mostly as a starter, and scored 1 goal. Having made 2 La Liga appearances in the next season, he suffered a broken kneecap while in training, an injury that would leave him out of the squad until the end of year.
Piccini was given his first senior call-up for Italy in October 2018 by manager Roberto Mancini, following injuries to several players in the team. Piccini made his senior debut for the national team on 10 October, coming on as a substitute in a 1–1 friendly draw against Ukraine in Genoa.
- As of match played 12 May 2019
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Carrarese (loan)||2011–12||Lega Pro Prima Divisione||32||1||0||0||—||—||32||1|
|Spezia (loan)||2012–13||Serie B||30||0||0||0||—||—||30||0|
|Livorno (loan)||2013–14||Serie A||20||0||1||0||—||—||21||0|
|Real Betis (loan)||2014–15||Segunda División||12||0||3||0||—||—||15||0|
|Real Betis||2015–16||La Liga||16||0||2||0||—||—||18||0|
|Real Betis total||39||2||4||1||—||—||43||3|
|Sporting CP||2017–18||Primeira Liga||24||0||2||0||4||0||10[a]||0||40||0|
- As of match played 23 March 2019
|Italy national team|
- Sporting CP
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- "Rubén Castro llega justo a tiempo" [Rubén Castro arrives just in time] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
- "El Betis descorcha a un Leganés sin gas" [Betis uncork a flat Leganés]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 January 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
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- "La expulsión de Piccini hunde al Betis" [Piccini's expulsion sinks Betis]. ABC (in Spanish). 25 December 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- "Cristiano Piccini assina pelo Sporting CP" [Cristiano Piccini signs for Sporting CP] (in Portuguese). Sporting CP. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
- "Gelson bisa na estreia vitoriosa do Sporting no Campeonato Português" [Gelson scores a brace in Sporting's victorious start to the Portuguese Championship] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- "Piccini signed with Valencia". Retrieved 23 July 2018.
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- Cristiano Piccini at Soccerway. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
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