Leonardo Bonucci Reveals Which AC Milan Star Inspired Him to Become a Defender
Leonardo Bonucci has revealed which AC Milan defender inspired him as a youngster after joining the Rossoneri from Juventus.
The Italian centre-back officially completed his move to the Serie A giants last week in a deal worth a reported €42m.
And Bonucci has spoken of his admiration for former Milan defender Alessandro Nesta, who starred for the club during a successful ten year spell.
"The players who played for Milan when I was a child are legends for what they’ve won & given to football," Bonucci told the club's official website. "Then, when I got bigger, Alessandro Nesta became my idol and I went on to become a defender."
Bonucci has arrived at the San Siro as perhaps the most high profile of a number of big name signings this summer.
The 30-year-old established himself as one of the most consistent defenders in Europe while at Juventus, but claimed following his departure that he did not "feel important" with the Serie A champions.
"Having discussions over the years is normal, as I am someone who is very direct and always speaks the truth," Bonucci told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Bonucci found himself dropped from the team for the first leg of Juve's Champions League last-16 tie against Porto in February after a heated argument with coach Max Allegri.
"People thought that was the most striking thing, but in truth it was just the final straw: there had been other situations before that," he added.
"To give 100 per cent, I need to feel important, something that at Juventus was recently happening only in fits and starts."