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|Date of birth||21 June 1975|
|Place of birth||Pisa, Italy|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of 2009–10 season.
Balestri started his career at hometown club Pisa, where he won the Serie D champion. After just played twice at Serie C2, he returned to Serie D for Castelfiorentino. In mid-1999 he moved to Montevarchi of Serie C1, where he was spotted by Modena. At Modena he won two promotion in two season, from Serie C1 to Serie A the Italian top division. At Serie A he was the regular starter in the two seasons. After Modena finished as the second least and relegated, Balestri was signed by another Serie A struggler Reggina. With Reggina, he played 37 out of possible 39 matches for the club and finished in mid-table. After played the first match of 2005–06 season, Torino of Serie B signed Balestri. He won promotion with club again, and secured a place in their Serie A campaign. In July 2007 he left for Serie B club Mantova, and continued to play as a regular.