Leonardo Bonucci Reveals Which AC Milan Star Inspired Him to Become a Defender

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​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."