|Full name||Paolo Cannavaro|
|Date of birth||26 June 1981|
|Place of birth||Naples, Italy|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2001–2002||→ Verona (loan)||24||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 August 2015.
Cannavaro was born in Naples on 26 June 1981. He is the younger brother of the retired football defender Fabio Cannavaro. In February 2015, Paolo Cannavaro, his brother Fabio, and his sister-in-law Daniela, were respectively handed 6-month, 10-month, and 4-month prison sentences for breaching orders and entering Fabio's residence after it had been seized by authorities in 2009, amid an investigation into fraudulent activity and tax evasion; all three have appealed and will have their sentences suspended until the final judgement has been made.
Cannavaro made his professional debut for his hometown side S.S.C. Napoli during the 1998–99 season in Serie B, while he was 17 years old. The following season he was signed by Parma, playing alongside his older brother Fabio Cannavaro in his first season at the club. Paolo's debut for Parma came when he replaced his brother as a substitute in Parma's 4–1 victory against Lecce.
Parma and Verona
Verona took the player on loan during the 2001–02 season, Cannavaro turned out 25 times for the club, scoring his first professional goal. The successive year he returned to Parma where he spent much of the time as a substitute for the following two seasons (2002–2003, 2003–2004). During the 2004–2005 season, Cannavaro became more active in the first team at Parma, making 24 appearances scoring 4 goals from defence, also helping the club to reach the 2004-05 UEFA Cup semi-final.
As Napoli were promoted back into Serie A, and were building a squad with potential, Cannavaro was brought back to his first club. After helping to re-establish the club in the top flight of Italian football, Cannavaro was installed as captain and lifted the club's first major trophy in more than 20 years when Napoli defeated Juventus 2-0 in the Coppa Italia final on 20 May 2012. Napoli were defeated 4-2 in extra time in the 2012 Supercoppa Italiana by Juventus, in Rome.
In December 2012 Cannavaro was handed a 6-month ban for failing to report an attempt of match fixing by then Napoli goalkeeper Matteo Gianello. On 17 January 2013, the ban was revoked by the FIGC after appeal and Napoli's two-point deduction was reversed.
On 31 January 2014, Cannavaro joined Sassuolo on loan for the remainder of the season for free, helping the newly promoted club to avoid relegation. Sassuolo signed Cannavaro outright for a peppercorn of €1,000 fee, in a three-year contract in summer 2014.
As a youngster, Cannavaro played for Italy under-21 national football team on 18 occasions between 2002 and 2004, notably representing the Italy under-21 side at the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, where they reached the semi-finals. He has since followed in the footsteps of his older brother by earning his first call up for the Italian national senior team, under manager Roberto Donadoni, on 13 October 2007, for a friendly match against South Africa on 17 October, although he did not make an appearance during the match.
Up to and including the 19 October 2013
- FIGC (in Italian)
- "Paolo Cannavaro". UEFA. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Captain Cannavaro paving his own way". FIFA. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- Ben Gladwell (25 February 2015). "Fabio Cannavaro appeals 10-month jail term over villa - report". ESPN FC. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
- "Former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro handed 10-month jail sentence". The Guardian. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
- "Cannavaro Paolo" (in Italian). SSC Napoli. Retrieved 11 July 2009.
- "Juventus 0-2 Napoli: Cavani and Hamsik clinch Coppa Italia and dash double dreams of Turin giants". Goal.com. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Fabio Cannavaro defends brother Paolo over match-fixing ban". Goal.com. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Emotional Cannavaro has six-month ban revoked". RTÉ. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Napoli's 2-point penalty rescinded on appeal". Sports Illustrated. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- U.S. Sassuolo Calcio S.r.l. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2014 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
- "Cannavaro Jr thanks Napoli". Channel4.com. 15 October 2007.
- "P. Cannavaro". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 November 2015.