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Christian Maggio
Christian Maggio
Christian Maggio
Date of Birth:Feb 11, 1982 (Age 34)
Place of Birth:Montevecchio Maggiore (VI)
Height:184 cm.
Weight:79 Kg.
Squad Number:11
Cristian Maggio - Italy (Getty Images)
After failing to live up to expectations, Chrsitian Maggio has become one of the top players in Serie A and will be playing his first World Cup at the age of 28. Playing for the Azzurri at several youth levels, his career stalled at Fiorentina. However, once he joined Sampdoria he began to catch the eye again with his ability to cover ground quickly in attack and defence. He secured a big money move to Napoli, where he continued to improve and Marcello Lippi gave him his first senior cap in November 2008.

With his club, he is now used as a right midfielder because of his technique going forward, his ability to get on the scoresheet on a consistent basis, and also put in dangerous crosses. However, Lippi considers him more of a defender and if used will play as a full-back at the World Cup in South Africa. However, he faces competition for a place from veteran Gianluca Zambrotta.

Did you know?

Maggio once scored nine goals in one season as a right-back for Sampdoria. A very high number for a defender.