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Riccardo Montolivo Player Profile

Riccardo Montolivo Player Profile
Riccardo Montolivo
Date of Birth:Jan 18, 1985 (Age 32)
Place of Birth:Caravaggio (BG)
Nationality: Italy
Height:181 cm.
Weight:74 Kg.
Squad Number:18
Riccardo Montolivo, Italy (Foto Grazia Neri)
Since making his debut as an 18-year-old with Atalanta in Serie B, Riccardo Montolivo has always been viewed as a player with plenty of potential – although inconsistent performances have plagued his career.  The midfielder secured a move to Fiorentina at the age of 20 in 2005 and became a favourite of coach Cesare Prandelli, who helped him to develop into a better player and their key man in the middle of the pitch. He has made over 40 appearances in each of the last three seasons in all competitions.

Montolivo is regarded highly for his vision and excellent shooting technique and creativity, but has often been criticised for his lack of defensive work in midfield. For Italy, he has often played second fiddle to AC Milan veteran Andrea Pirlo, who is considered the first-choice playmaker for the team under coach Marcello Lippi.

Did you know?

Montolivo will have the chance to work with Cesare Prandelli again. His coach with the Viola will take over the national team after the 2010 World Cup.