Lorenzo Pellegrini

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Lorenzo Pellegrini
Lorenzo Pellegrini.jpg
Pellegrini playing for Roma in 2017
Personal information
Full name Lorenzo Pellegrini
Date of birth (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Roma
Number 7
Youth career
2007–2015 Roma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Roma 1 (0)
2015–2017 Sassuolo 47 (9)
2017– Roma 33 (4)
National team
2014–2015 Italy U19 15 (1)
2015 Italy U20 2 (0)
2016– Italy U21 11 (4)
2017– Italy 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2018

Lorenzo Pellegrini (born 19 June 1996) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Roma and the Italy national team. He is an academy graduate of Roma, having joined the club in 2007, and made his senior debut in 2015. He departed for Sassuolo later that year where he made over 50 appearances across all competitions before returning to Roma in July 2017.

Club career[edit]

Roma[edit]

Born in Rome, Pellegrini, who had suffered from arrhythmia as a youngster, joined the youth academy of local side Roma at the age of nine.[1][2][3] Having previously represented the club in the UEFA Youth League, he was handed his senior debut at the age of 18 by manager Rudi Garcia on 22 March 2015, coming on as a second-half substitute for Salih Uçan in a 1–0 Serie A win over Cesena.[2][4]

Sassuolo[edit]

On 30 June 2015, Pellegrini signed for fellow Serie A side Sassuolo for a fee of €1.25 million.[5] In terms of the transfer agreement, Roma retained a buy-back-clause which afforded the club the opportunity to re-purchase Pellegrini at a future stage.[6][7] He made his debut for the club on 8 November 2015, starting in a 1–0 league win over Carpi, and scored his first goal the following month when he netted in a 3–0 win over Sampdoria.[8][9] He ultimately made 20 appearances for the season, including one in the Coppa Italia, and scored three goals. During the 2016–17 season, Pellegrini became the youngest player to have a hand in 10 goals in a single Serie A campaign, having registered six goals and four assists by 10 April 2017.[10] He made 34 appearances across all competitions for the campaign, scoring eight goals registering seven assists, before re-signing for Roma at the end of the season.[11]

Return to Roma[edit]

On 30 June 2017, Roma exercised the buy back clause of €10 million, which was included in Pellegrini's transfer agreement with Sassuolo, to bring him back to Rome on a five-year deal.[11][12][13] On the same day Roma youth product Federico Ricci joined Sassuolo outright,[12][14] for €3 million fee.[15] Pellegrini scored his first-ever goal for the club on 1 December 2017, netting Roma's third goal in a 3–1 league win over SPAL.[16]

International career[edit]

Pellegrini has represented Italy at various youth levels. He made his debut for the U19 side against Germany in March 2014.[3] He then enjoyed a brief spell with the U20's in 2015 before making his U21 debut against France on 2 June the following year.

He made his first appearance for the senior side in an 8–0 victory over San Marino in an unofficial friendly match on 31 May 2017, coming on as a half time substitute for Daniele Baselli.[17] His official debut followed on 11 June when he appeared in Italy's 5–0 home win over Liechtenstein in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.[18]

Later that month, he was included in the Italy under-21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship by manager Luigi Di Biagio.[19] On 19 June, he scored the nation's first goal at the tournament, netting from a bicycle kick in a 2–0 win over Denmark.[20]

Style of play[edit]

Regarded as a promising young player, from a tactical standpoint, Pellegrini's natural role is that of a central midfielder, who can be deployed in any position in a three-man midfield, although he is also capable of playing as an attacking midfielder and as a defensive midfielder. A tall, physically strong, yet agile, dynamic, energetic, and hard-working midfielder, his main characteristics are his stamina, ball control, movement, flair, and ability to make attacking runs into the penalty area from behind, as well as his eye for goal, and his striking ability from distance with either foot, despite being naturally right-footed. A former central defender in his youth, he is also an effective ball-winner, which enables him to break down possession, while his vision and technical skills allow him subsequently to carry or distribute the ball and provide assists for his teammates. His wide range of skills thus enable him to contribute at both ends of the pitch, and make him effective in linking both the defensive and offensive aspects of the game in a box-to-box role.[21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 6 October 2018.[30]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Roma 2014–15 Serie A 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sassuolo 2015–16 Serie A 19 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 3
2016–17 28 6 1 1 5 1 0 0 34 8
Total 47 9 2 1 5 1 0 0 54 11
Roma 2017–18 Serie A 28 3 1 0 8 0 0 0 37 3
2018–19 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 1
Total 33 4 1 0 10 0 0 0 44 4
Career total 81 13 3 1 15 1 0 0 99 15

1 Includes Coppa Italia matches.
2 Includes UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League matches.

International[edit]

As of 10 October 2018[31]
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy
2017 1 0
2018 7 0
Total 8 0

References[edit]

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