Verratti playing for Paris Saint-Germain in 2015
|Full name||Marco Verratti|
|Date of birth||5 November 1992|
|Place of birth||Pescara, Italy|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 December 2015 (UTC).
Marco Verratti (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko verˈratti]; born 5 November 1992) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for French club Paris Saint Germain in Ligue 1 and the Italian national football team.
A creative, hard-working, and technically gifted playmaker, Verratti began his career with Italian club Pescara in 2008, where he soon rose to prominence as one of the best young midfielders in Europe, helping the team to win the 2011–12 Serie B title, and winning the 2012 Bravo Award. His playing style drew comparisons with Andrea Pirlo, due to his passing ability, vision, and control, as well as his similar transition from the role of trequartista to that of a regista. In July 2012, he transferred to French side Paris Saint-Germain, where he won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, among other domestic and individual trophies.
At international level, Verratti represented the Italy under-21 football team at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, winning a runners-up medal, and being named to the all-star squad for the tournament. At senior level, he made his Italy debut in 2012, and represented his country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Verratti was born in Pescara, and grew up in L'Aquila. As a child, he supported Juventus and idolised Alessandro Del Piero, the team's Italian international offensive playmaker. Verratti's talent was noticed at an early age, and he was made offers to join the youth academies of Atalanta and Internazionale, but joined his local club Pescara for €5,000. After an impressive performance for Pescara's under-16 team against A.C. Milan, the Abruzzo club offered €300,000 to sign the midfielder.
Verratti made his first team debut in the 2008–09 season at the age of 16. In the 2009–10 season, he appeared more regularly for Pescara, and since then became a key player in the first team. His performances generated national media coverage as a potential star of the future and Italian international.
With Zdeněk Zeman as manager, Verratti excelled as a deep-lying playmaker in a Pescara team which won the 2011–12 Serie B title playing "the best football in Italy", earning promotion to Serie A the following season. After helping Pescara to promotion to Serie A, Verratti received the 2012 Bravo Award for the best player under the age of 21 in Europe, and was reportedly wanted by Napoli, Roma and Juventus, as well as Carlo Ancelotti's Paris Saint-Germain. At the 2012 AIC Gran Gala del Calcio, he was elected the best player of the 2011–12 Serie B season, along with former Pescara team-mates Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne.
On 18 July 2012, Verratti signed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain in the French Ligue 1. After making his debut against Lille, the midfielder assisted Javier Pastore's opening goal on his first appearance at the Parc des Princes, a 2–0 defeat of Toulouse.
On 18 September, he made his UEFA Champions League debut in a 4–1 defeat of Dynamo Kyiv. He ended his first season in the French capital by winning the 2012–13 Ligue 1 title. On 20 August 2013, Verratti signed a one-year extension to his contract with PSG, keeping him at the club until 2018.
Veratti's second season with PSG was even more successful than the first as the team retained its league title and won the Coupe de la Ligue. Verratti was named as the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year and included in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year for 2013–14.
On 30 September 2014, Verratti scored his first goal for PSG, a header in a 3–2 home win over Barcelona in the group stage of the Champions League. On 18 January 2015, Verratti scored his first goal in the Ligue 1, in a 4–2 home win over Evian.
The uncapped Verratti was included into Cesare Prandelli's preliminary 32-man Italy squad for UEFA Euro 2012, being one of only two Serie B players (the other being Torino's Angelo Ogbonna) to be part of it. He was subsequently cut from the squad on 28 May 2012.
On 15 August 2012, Verratti made his debut with the Italian senior team in a friendly match against England played in Bern. He subsequently made his first competitive appearance in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, appearing as a second-half substitute for Emanuele Giaccherini in a 2–2 draw against Bulgaria on 7 September.
He took part with the Italy U-21 side at the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, where the Azzurrini finished as runners-upattr to Spain. His performances saw him included in UEFA's all-star squad for the tournament.
On 1 June 2014, Verratti was selected in Italy's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In Italy's opening match of the tournament, he made his first competitive start for the Azzurri on the left side of a midfield diamond with Juventus players Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio and Roma vice-captain Daniele de Rossi in a 2–1 victory over England in Manaus.
Style of play
A quick, creative, agile, and technically gifted midfield playmaker, with notable dribbling skills and close ball control, Verratti is known for his confidence on the ball and ability to retain possession in tight spaces when under pressure, due to his low centre of gravity and resulting balance. His excellent vision and range of passing enable him to create chances for team-mates with accurate long passes, or control the tempo of his team's play in midfield through short exchanges. Due to his attributes and playing style, Verratti has been compared to Italy legend Andrea Pirlo, in particular after making the same transition from trequartista to regista that the 2006 FIFA World Cup winner had also made earlier on in his career. Initially regarded as one of the most talented young players of his generation, Verratti quickly developed into one of the best playmaking midfielders in the world. In addition to his playmaking skills, he is also a hard-working, dynamic, and well-rounded midfielder, who is known for his aggression and defensive ability, despite his small physique and stature.
- As of 19 December 2015
|Club||Season||League||Cup [nb 1]||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
- As of 10 October 2015
|Italy national team|
- Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.
|1.||6 February 2013||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Ligue 1 (3) : 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
- Coupe de France (1) : 2014–15
- Coupe de la Ligue (2) : 2013–14 ,2014–15
- Trophée des Champions (3) : 2013, 2014, 2015
- Bravo Award: 2012
- AIC Gran Gala del Calcio Best Player in Serie B: 2012
- UEFA U-21 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2013
- UNFP Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year (1): 2013–14
- UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year (2): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
- UNFP Player of the Month: September 2013, September 2014
- UNFP Ligue 1 Foreign Player of the Year (1): 2014–15
- Pallone Azzurro: 2015
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- Marco Verratti profile at Soccerway
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- "Verratti l'assurance tous risques....". National Union of Professional Footballers (in French). Retrieved 16 April 2010.
- "Verratti ousts Ibrahimovic as Ligue 1’s best foreign player". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
- "Pallone Azzurro 2015: vince Verratti" [2015 Pallone Azzurro: Verratti wins] (in Italian). Sport Mediaset. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
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