Black on white
When you were a beginner, how important were your parents to you?
In every moment of my life my parents have been fundamental. We have always had a continuous and deep relationship, we spent a lot of time together. Dad Stefano and mom Anna were, and still are, very important.
They gave birth to a boy in love with the ball: from morning to evening, in all the places where I was, I just wanted to play with my friends or with anyone who followed me in the garden. By sharing the house and the game time with two sisters, my passion was really strong.
Always from my mom came the passion for Juventus. I think it’s a genetic issue. My sister Elena, who is also a fan, always says she witnessed her first game in Mummy’s tummy. She really is a fan from tiptoe to tip of hair. He is one of those who are not very sporty, those who struggle to admit when Juventus have played less well or lost with merit (it is rare, but it can happen). She is an open and generous person, but in sport for her there is only Juventus on one side, with her champions and reasons, and the rest of the world on the other.
My sisters tell me – a bit ashamed, I think, but also amused that, when in the Juventus Stadium skybox my mom realizes that the other guests are siding with the opposing team, she changes her face and tone of voice.
It was she who accompanied me to all the training sessions, from when I was seven years old until I got my driving license. He charged me in the car and faced the traffic that there was rain, sun, snow, wind, that was a weekday or a holiday. Then he stopped in the stands to follow all the training, a huge sacrifice, which perhaps only a mother is able to bear. I don’t know if I could do it. Yet I am an affectionate father, I love my children and I love the ball.
There are two episodes marked in my memory with respect to the role of my parents and my dream of becoming a footballer. The first dates back to when I was thirteen: I was in the Juventus youth team and training of a certain level had already begun, consisting of a fair amount of training, games and tournaments. In addition to the ever growing commitment, the staff had also advised us to avoid playing football outside of official commitments. So goodbye matches with friends, in the improvised pitches, at the oratory. This sudden imposition weighed heavily on me. I lacked the dimension of play and friendship. I really think that for most of the boys of my generation, playing together with the ball was an exceptional glue. Through the game we know each other, we show the qualities, we confess the defects, we learn to accept the other and to accept ourselves for what we are. Having to give up what I leisure p esava.
I remember one day, returning from training, I said it openly to my mom. She was driving, looked at me sympathetically and replied: «I understand. Do this: you try to see how it goes without playing with your friends for a month. Then, if you understand that it is too great a renunciation, you can always go back to where you came from ».
Great mom Anna.
He urged me to hold on, to try. He advised me to continue walking along the path that I had taken and that was beginning to get steep. It gave me the certainty that I could change course if the climb had been too hard. My friends would surely have waited for me. At the end of the month all I wanted to do was play with the Juventus shirt and that melancholy thought disappeared.
The second episode is about school. Or rather, the decision to leave school. I was seventeen years old and I was regularly enrolled in the Technical Institute for Surveyors in a school where most of the Juventus youth boys went. It happened that Fabio Capello called me into the first team. An incredible honor, a great opportunity, but also a huge commitment in terms of physical and time.
Capello trained mainly in the morning and so I skipped school every morning. Then the workload of the first team was very demanding and I spent the rest of the day trying to regain energy. There were very few left to study and prepare for homework.
February arrived and during the school year I had sat at the desk three times in four months. Failed confident. Even if I had gone to the evening I would never have been able to straighten out a year with so many absences (and I don’t want to think about the votes on the report card). I found myself at a crossroads: commit myself to become a professional footballer or take the other road, which seemed less risky, and try to recover the school path.
In truth I didn’t even think about it too much.
I was so convinced that I could become a professional footballer (of course, I still didn’t know at what level) that one afternoon I made my decision and faced my mom. I said, “Mom, it’s going really bad at school. I thought that I should focus on football, invest all my time and energy to turn my dream into reality. I thought about leaving school. What do you say? ».
She was very resolute and, judging by her reaction, I think this speech of mine had been expecting him for some time. He replied, ” Talk to your father. If he gives you permission, you already have mine. ‘
I didn’t even talk to him. From that day on I only spoke the compo.
Today, however, my confidant about the football career is him. After each game, I get a phone call from my mother, who then passes on my father. He always knows what to tell me. He brings me back to earth if he feels that I am galvanized by a good performance; relieves me if it understands that I am demoralized or unhappy with my surrender on the pitch. And a presence that helps me keep my balance. I don’t know how I would do without him.
Who brought you to the stadium for the first time as a spectator? What game was it? What memories do you have?
We were at the Delle Alpi, the whole family, but, to be honest, I don’t remember well the team that faced Juventus.
I was 5 years old.
Hello Claudio! Did your father approve of your decision to become a footballer?
Of course yes, because he saw in me, in my eyes, all the strength and joy of a boy who wanted to achieve his dream. He is my teacher and, although he worked hard, he never missed the chance to spend a moment with me; he has always been calm in giving me advice, both in sport and in everyday life. I’m really lucky because he continues to teach me today.
Whose child did you have the poster hanging in your room?
I had a lot of them. I have always been Juventus to the core, but I love all football and therefore the posters of Ronaldo, Weah, Zidane, Owen, Henry could not miss. In those years I played as a striker, the midfielders did not even look at them … hahaha!
Hi Claudio, I’m going to ask you a somewhat personal question: you often talk about a friend of yours who passed away too soon. Who is it? What happened to him? Why has it been so important in your life?
@ Peter Verona
Davide was my best friend. He died when he was only seventeen years old from a carcinoma that started from the knee bone and then attacked all the vital organs . He was a boy like me who loved life, friendship and football. He played in the youth of Chieri, I already in Juventus, and was my partner in summer training, when the season was stopped.
One summer we were on vacation in Liguria. We kept each other in shape. Except that he felt knee pain at the end of each run.
In September the diagnosis arrived. Tremendous. Then the excited days when doctors sought a solution, also talking about amputation of the leg. Finally the final sentence. There was nothing more to do. The tumor was at a very advanced stage, and the therapies he underwent gave him only a few more months of life, until he disappeared.
Davide was a boy like me. Somehow it was me. His death was so upsetting for me because of our interchangeability. The day before we ran together, on the same road, at the same pace. The next day he was in a hospital bed.
It was also exceptional in the way we dealt with the disease. Never, and I say never, made me weigh his bad luck, his condition, his time horizon so limited. -finite times I went to see him I saw with a smile. We never cried. He faced illness, pain and death with the serenity of an angel.
His father told me that just before he died it was he who told him to be calm, that he was not afraid, that he was ready.
This is why I go every year to visit the children in the cancer department of the Regina Margherita hospital. I feel inside me the energy of David, his extraordinary way of being sick but not living as a sick person. It helps me not to be disturbed by the situations I encounter. We all know that cancer patients must be combative, make life hard for disease. I know it because I saw Davide face him in the right way, in the only way possible.
When I think back on David’s tragedy, I understand that I was really lucky. He is the only loved one who passed away and his disappearance reminds me every day of how close I am to those I love and what wonderful gifts are friendship, love, family.
When was the first time a fan asked you for an autograph or a photo, and what did you feel? @Serena Valpreda
In reality I don’t know if it can be considered a real autograph, since at the time, I would have been just nine or ten years old, I was not yet known. If I remember correctly, I was on vacation with my family in Alba Adriatica. One evening, while the grown-ups were playing cards on the veranda of the hotel on the seafront, I began to dribble; a gentleman, who had seen me start, came back in front of me after a long time and, intrigued, asked me: “Are you still there? How many have you done with it? » With a breath I replied: “Millequarantuno, millequarantadue, millequarantatré …”. I stopped at one hundred and twenty-eight. Soon after, I signed my first autograph.
Hi Principino! Were Holly and Benji in your childhood? And what other cartoons or characters from cinema and TV? @Lollo Paverani
Of all the Simpsons, I still watch with my kids today. Sometimes I imagine myself as Homer, on the sofa watching TV …
What is the first thing you think of when you look at your right forearm and read Impossible is nothing? @Michele Pozzi
The history of the tattoo is an important story. One of those that make you think that life is not the result of chance, but that there are some signs that you must be able to grasp and line up in harmony.
That tattoo takes me back to Fabio, my ex-brother-in-law with whom we have all maintained a beautiful relationship, who always played with me in the garden. I was the boy of the house, male runic. I was constantly looking for someone to kick the ball with. When he arrived, it was a big party for me.
Fabio immediately noticed that I had some interesting qualities. It was he who began to make me fantasize about the dream of almost all Italian kids: to become a footballer.
I also saw that I touched the ball well, that I had a good shot, that I was able to dribble even with the older boys. But inside of me I thought that becoming a footballer was very difficult. A dream, of course, my dream. But hardly feasible, practically impossible.
When I said to him «It’s impossible» Fabio looked me in the eye and replied: «Claudio, Impossible is nothing». He always repeated that phrase to me. Whenever I expressed doubts, he would smile at me and give me strength with his magic formula.
Even when I had long since left the home garden and dressed in the black and white jacket, my doubts remained. As a boy I was small and thin. My physique was far from the minimum standards of a potential professional. Up to the age of seventeen I was six feet tall. Then suddenly I became one meter eighty. But the fact remains that I grew up late and this obviously penalized me a lot compared to other guys who had already completed the transformation into men and athletes. That delay filled me with doubts. Obviously I was less effective in contrasts, in running, in shooting power. I saw beside me already structured boys, with swimmer shoulders, dynamite in the thighs, resplosiveness in the feet. My slender body seemed to me a kind of surrender. But Fabio’s words rang within me. And by dint of repeating them, they have become a kind of mantra. I whispered Impossible is nothing so many times that when it was time to get a tattoo, the choice was practically automatic. And now I know that this sentence is not a saying or even a famous advertising daim: it is my story. Mine is that of every boy who has a talent and a great dream inside.
As a child your idol was Del Piero. Then you even played it together. Wasn’t it like a dream come true? @ Ugo Vigil
It was easy, almost automatic, that Del Piero became my idol: in my opinion, we have to go back to the time of Michel Platini to have a para-gone with Alex’s exploits, talent and style.
All there was to win, with the club and the national team, he won. He has always been the absolute protagonist. His goals are inside the archives of every football lover.
During my career I have been inspired many times by him: great availability, great generosity, great professionalism. In addition Del Piero has a tenacity and attention in wanting to do everything perfectly that are truly superb, on and off the pitch.
I remember that time when I, still a child, was going to the stadium with my family. My dad spotted the team bus in front of us and accelerated to get past it.
When we were at his side, I smashed myself against the window glass and started waving goodbye. The first player who noticed my greeting was Del Piero, who returned immediately, without any hesitation.
It was a fantastic emotion, I must have been ten years old, and that day I continued towards the stadium with a toothy smile printed on my face.
Even today, when I see a child greeting me, I immediately return it. I always hope to give the same joy that Del Piero gave me.
What are your best qualities and your worst flaw? @Maurizio Chiesa
So, there is only spoiled for choice on defects, I could make a good ranking!
Let’s start with the merits: I can say that I am thoughtful and patient, very patient. The latter is, of course , my best value.
In my opinion it is no coincidence that in my life I have never struck or received a punch. Unlike most kids today, I never got into a fight or participated in a fight. born the times I happened to be provoked or attacked I started talking and discussing and in the end I solved it like this.
This does not mean that I did not find myself in situations of potential danger. I remember that once I was at the disco with a friend, Matteo Cavagna, and to defend ourselves from this group of seven, eight guys with unwise faces I started talking to their. I don’t know what they will ever understand about my words, between the music and the confusion, but in the end my friend and I left without anyone getting hurt.
As for my shortcomings, I always try to control myself, but unfortunately I have to admit it: I am touchy.
I think it’s a genetic issue: I took it from my father. I see myself a lot in his character, and also in his defects. (I hope he doesn’t take it, but being touchy I have no hope!)
Is there anything you’re afraid of? @Mattia Pino
It may seem strange to you, but I’m afraid to fly. I take a lot of planes, not only to play football, but, when my feet come off the ground, the heart begins to beat significantly stronger. I underline the fact that I never took drugs or sedatives for a flight, I don’t need them, but I’m definitely not the person who, during a turbulence, you would like to have sitting next to you.
Hi Claudio, how is your family? Are there any significant stories or details in the life of your grandparents, your parents or your sisters? @ Gianluca Maestri
My grandmother Anna is an incredible person! I think she has superpowers, because once, while cleaning the windows, she flew down the second floor balcony and only broke her leg!
In his life he has spent many. He comes from Veneto and after a life in Chieri speaks a strange and fun language in which he mixed the Venetian and Piedmontese dialects. She managed to survive the war but lost her husband who was very young.
She is the only grandmother we have had and makes me understand even more how much I have missed the figure of grandparents. I see the luck that my children and grandchildren have in being able to count on the constant, affectionate and wise presence of their grandparents, with whom they spend a lot of time. Their home is an oasis of play and love, where they take refuge sure of being welcome.
What is your relationship with the city of Turin? @Andrea Di Mella
My relationship with Turin is practically perfect, I feel it so much. It is a beautiful city, especially now that it has discovered its vocation as a tourist city. Coming from Chieri, a country village, and not having lived everyday life, I have always caught the best: elegance, sobriety, good food, fantastic wine, the grandeur of the buildings in the center, privacy of most of its inhabitants.
I think I read somewhere that Turin has a museum offer to envy Rome. Maybe it’s an exaggeration, but I must say that there is only spoiled for choice. I think I visited them all in my spare time. My favorite is obviously the Egyptian Museum, which I find amazing. The restoration of the two main rooms really left me breathless. Entering those rooms with burnished mirror walls gave me the feeling of being an archaeologist who enters the tomb of a pharaoh. It is a journey through time, an incredible emotion, it is the profound sign of how eternal the culture that humanity is able to generate. I know that the entrances to the Museum have multiplied, and this is a source of great pride for all of us in Turin.
The other museum that I like crazy is that of Cinema. The location is wonderful: the Mole Antonelliana has become beautiful outside and inside. I am thrilled to enter the elevator which accelerates towards the dome. That too looks like a time machine, as it floats freely in the air and in history. Then the whole spiral path, between memorabilia of great stars and great films, for a film lover like me, is engaging and interesting.
Turin is a perfect city, and it is also my city for work. People recognize you, make you feel their affection immediately, but generally they do it in a polite and respectful way. He asks you for permission to take a picture, to exchange two words, to stop what you are doing. The Turin player does not take anything he asks for for granted. Somehow he always asks for permission first. Gi à we play for a company that, for the history and goals of course puts a lot of pressure. The fact that the city and its inhabitants-fans do not add to it is a remarkable advantage. From what my colleagues from other teams tell me, not all cities, not all fans and therefore not all football clubs are the same. There are places where people demand that you do or don’t do certain things. Those same people never think you can have a private dimension and that you can escape celebrity obligations. The result is that many of my colleagues live armored. And I’m not sure that, in the long run, doesn’t affect sports performance. Being able to have a normal life, when you are out and about with your wife and children, or even with your friends, allows you to recharge your energy and then unload new forces on the field. Also for this reason, if Juventus wants it, I will always be here: it is the best place to do my job at best.
What is the best memory of your childhood? @Cristina Cicetti
It is not easy to choose one, my childhood was love, play, happiness and light-heartedness.
I became a very young uncle, I was only five years old. When my granddaughter Alice was born, I, who was the little one at home, experienced her as my little sister. My sister Elena, her mom, worked and so I came back from school and I took care of it a lot, I put her to sleep with me, I spent a lot of time there. Alice’s birth and the care I naturally dedicated to her are my best childhood memory.
Perhaps the uncle-grandson experience led me to be ready when I became a father. It is true that in my world it grows very quickly. But when my firstborn Davide, and I was only twenty-three years old, was born, I immediately felt up to the role, ready to face any eventuality. Maybe because I always liked children, also thanks to the experience I had with my grandchildren.
Imagine being able to use a time machine, which moment of your life would you like to relive? @Margherita Ferri
I would like to relive the high school years, when I left out moments that could give me much more, such as those in the company of friends.
What are the 8 most beautiful places in the world for you? @Stella Costantini
In the first place, of course, in Turin, my city, the one in which I realized the dreams of my life, private and professional. I could never leave her.
In second place I put New York. It was the first metropolis where I saw skyscrapers. The Manhattan skyline is a true architectural masterpiece. I got attached also because we were there, Roberta and I, on their honeymoon: when the taxi came out of the tunnel that passes under the Hudson River and we found ourselves that harmonic barrier of skyscrapers in front, I realized that I was in a unique place, in which man points to the sky, tickles the clouds and looks not only forward, but also upwards.
The wonderful beaches and sea of the Maldives – the only place where I have been able to relax since I have been a professional footballer – occupy third place. There, the enchanting beauty that surrounds you has the best of fame, and I was able to enjoy two weeks of absolute peace.
In the fourth I put Sidney, where I was on the occasion of the tour with Juventus. Despite sporting commitments, we got to shoot it a lot and I met a lot of open and interesting people. I thought of finding a closed metropolis, and I believed that being on the other side of the world, compared to our western point of view, made Australians an isolated people. Instead they are very open, ready to share what they are and what they have, very welcoming. Excep-tional.
Venice, with its history, its charm, its culture, occupies the fifth position in my ranking.
Then there is Florence, which I know well given the year I spent in Empoli, and which I love for being crossed by a river, which is also one of the reasons why I love Turin. Many cities can boast a liquid soul, but Florence, seen from the Ponte Vecchio with all those windows that reflect the light of the sunset, manages to make you fall in love.
Seventh place for San Francisco, where I was on tour with Juve. It is a city with a somewhat European atmosphere and you can breathe an esoteric air.
In eighth place in my personal ranking I put Menorca, a pure place, the exact opposite of Ibiza and Formentera, famous for nightlife and fun. Menorca is for me only sea, beach, nature, silence, horizon. It is full of small paths that lead you to wonderful and deserted beaches. In short, a paradise. I add one last place: my mountains, and in particular Monviso. It is a point of reference for us Piedmontese, which stands out on clear days, perfect as a pyramid.
Do you have a favorite band? What music do you listen to in your free time? And while you go to the stadium? Can you suggest me a song to listen to and also tell me why? Hello idol! @Lollo Paverani
The first song I listened to like crazy was Laura non c’e di Nek I was in middle school and I was lost in love with a girl named Laura. Just like in the song, she didn’t really see me.
I really love the big names of Italian music, Eros, Vasco, Ligabue, let’s say the great classics, but in reality the one I listen to most is practically all foreign, from Oasis, to Muse, to Chemical Brothers.
I really like alternative rock, it gives me the energy before every game, it helps me find the right concentration.
In moments of relaxation, however, I recently discovered the balm of classical music. I understand that it is a rather unusual choice, but, especially when I am in the car, alone, returning from an exhausting workout, classical music has an exceptional relaxing power on me. I own all the discography of Ludovico Einaudi, formidable Turin pianist. On his sonic carpet I lie down in search of rest.
Who is the most beautiful woman in the world in your opinion? And the most intelligent? The nicest? Which is the most fascinating sport and why? @Alfredo Magalli
W ooo w, now I have to be careful to answer … As a kid I watched the Flipper show and a “certain” Jessica Alba started her career: I find her still very fascinated today, together with Charlize Theron, a complete, intelligent, very great woman actress, and very sensual. As for athletes, I must confess that I don’t have a favorite.
What are the 8 most beautiful airports in the world for you who travel a lot? @Stella Costantini
Singapore-Changi is not an airport, it is a city. Inside I found the most beautiful and well-stocked wine shop ever seen in my life. Together with Barzagli, another great wine lover like me, we slipped in there and we discovered Sassicaia, Dom Pérignon, incredible Burgundies.
Then to the Dubai airport, a crazy, super efficient structure, which rises like a flower less to the desert. Today it is a crossroads to get from anywhere in the world.
When I had to take an internal train to move from one stopover to another in Frankfurt, I really understood the meaning of the word “international” when referring to an airport.
The JFK in New York offers, given its location on the Hudson, a spectacular panorama.
I want to put San Francisco on this list, because it represents my Pillars of Hercules: I’ve never gone beyond, it’s my limit to the west of the world. From there begins the unknown.
I love the Beijing airport, built in the shape of a dragon, one of the animals symbol of Chinese culture. Then landing is a unique experience, because of the pollution. I still remember the pilot who promised us a beautiful sunny day: the fact is that from the plane we only saw a carpet of thick clouds, which we later discovered was smog. Practically the runway did not stock up until a few meters before landing. A really strange experience.
The airport of Vàgar, of the Fmr Oer Islands, has an airstrip that looks like a strip of gravel thrown into the mountains. The plane must make such a special maneuver that it is only allowed to pilots who know it perfectly. Passengers are forced to land first in Norway and to board an Antonov, a very old Russian-made airplane! It’s a short flight, but with a truly electrifying landing. Moreover, during the descent phase, you pass through the peaks of some mountains and on one of these there are still the remains of an airplane carcass. Creepy.
All around the marvelous atoll where the thin strip of asphalt is located on the Malé-Ibrahim Nasir slope, in the Maldives, just as far as the eye can see. Unbelievable.
You are from Chieri. Is the fact of having played only for Juventus a coincidence, a geographical fact or a choice? @Gianluca Sioli
Maybe all three of them. I was born in Chieri, an agricultural town south of Turin, and therefore it was natural that the first steps in the youth teams of the professional teams were made in Piedmont.
Then it happened that between Turin and Juventus it was noticed first by the Juventus scouts.
However, I like to think that it was also, indeed, above all a choice. I’ve always been a Juventus fan and I’m happy to put it black on white. I come from a family of hardcore Juventus fans, to the point that if I had played in another professional team I don’t think my mom would have washed my uniform. Even today, after I have shown loyalty and attachment to this society, if by chance the news arrives in my mother’s ears that I could go and play at Pizzighettone or Real Madrid, she comes to threaten me with silent retaliation. For her, her son can only play in Juventus. I could never leave: I could not discard my mom’s marking!
So Juve by chance, geographical proximity and choice. But having said that, I don’t forget the year I played for Empoli. It is not a pose or a way to ingratiate me with someone. That experience has been fundamental, and I always think about it.
Just as he was born, lived and raised in Turin, with his family always close, and hired by the team that I have always dreamed of since I was a child, that year in Empoli was even more important. It allowed me to better define relationships with people who loved me and whom I loved. He introduced me to the world out there. I had a great time in Empoli, because it is a small town and therefore a familiar place, where people are kind and respectful, affectionate and kind-hearted, inclined to dialogue. A welcoming and generous place like a family.
Don’t be offended, but when you speak you look a bit like a printed book. Can you recommend a book that represented something important to you? @Cinzia Nava
I can do the opposite, i.e. advise you which book not to read: The Kafka process. I was fourteen, and the reading of the book had been assigned to me by the Italian teacher: I remember that, after just a few pages, I planted myself and still today I associate that text with absolute heaviness. It should probably be read after having obtained at least a degree …
What was the most difficult defeat on the field and in life you had to deal with? @Maria Condello
As the years go by, with the fact that I am lucky enough to play in Juventus and win a lot, the feeling that the worst defeat of my career has been the relegation to Empoli grows more and more.
I understand that one expects the two seventh places in the league, the defeat in the Champions League final with Barcelona or other cartel matches that ended badly. Instead I think more and more often about that demotion.
The previous season, Empoli had experienced its greatest ride. At the end of an exceptional championship, and in any case after a few years of constant growth, he qualified for the UEFA Cup. It was the 2007/2008 season. Even if we went straight out into the preliminaries against Zurich, winning at home but losing in Switzerland, it is still an extraordinary result. Empoli is one of the very few companies from cities that are not provincial capitals capable of reaching Serie A.
That year he was unfortunate due to several changes of coach: Gigi Cagni left, then Malesani arrived, then Cagni again. On the last day Roma were winning 0-1 at Catania and Inter were drawing in Parma. We were winning 3-0 with Livorno. The combination of these three results gave the Italian champion Rome, Empoli salvo and Catania in B.
Then Ibrahimovié scored and made Inter win that at that point was the champion of Italy. Roma let go, Catania equalized and for us it was the relegation.
My mind was shaped by the Juventus mentality. Juve cannot lose. It does not contemplate defeat. So I hate defeat. I don’t accept it. Never. At any level.
If I play beach volleyball with my wife and she plays badly, I send her to the other team, because I have to win.
If I play ball with my kids, I have to win, even though I know they’ll probably cry later. Okay, sometimes I let them win, but I have to force it on myself. My son Davide is like me: he too loves football and wants to beat me, he wants to be stronger than me. I believe that making him lose every now and then serves him to transform temporary frustration into positive anger, in the desire to fight. If instead I make him win, he gets used to having everything easy.
I’ve always been a competitive person, in sport and in life, in everything that interests me, that I’m passionate about. I inquire, I document, I study what there is to study because I want to be up to a discussion. I don’t want to go down even in comparison with friends during a relaxing dinner. This too is Juventus’ mentality.
I always like to understand how what attracts and interests me works. I’m not one who knows many things, but I like to learn as much as possible about some subjects.
Unfortunately I think that if I had to get back on the books today I would no longer be able to face questions, classwork and exams. You can never say, but I have the feeling that starting to study is very difficult. The head is no longer used to it, once you stop training for many years.
And the regret is double, because instead it is absolutely possible to become a professional footballer and at the same time study. I have a great example close to me: Giorgio Chiellini has recently graduated in Economics. It is clear that it took longer than a normal working student, but he made it, with great sacrifices and great compromises. A lot of times on the bus or plane, even before a Champions League game, I saw him pull out a book and start studying.
What is the best game you’ve ever seen? @Fersmook K.
There are two of them all.
I was a child, but I skipped school to follow Juventus-River Plate won with an exceptional goal by Alessandro Del Piero. The Intercontinental Cup was held in a single race in Tokyo. In front of the TV I had the impression of attending a very old game: the images that came from Japan had very strange colors. The important thing was to have won and climbed to the top of the world.
The other is the 2006 World Cup final that Italy won on penalties against France. I was on vacation for the first time with my wife in Alassio and that is practically the last game that I really experienced as a fan. We were in a bar, with many other people dressed in the national team jersey. Very hard and tense game. I remember that I was going crazy, I said a lot of bad words, I think I took it out on French opponents! Then I celebrated for a long time and with all the people who rejoiced in the street like me. It was a truly magical and memorable night: after that victory wearing the blue shirt is an enormous honor and responsibility.
Which movie did you particularly like, and why? @Lucia Parise
I really liked Rush, about the legendary challenge between Niki Lauda and James Hunt. First of all because I have a passion for cars and engines, I am intrigued and amazed by the way it works, by the genius of the inventors who manage to design such beautiful and sophisticated objects.
Then that film has several important messages for those who play sports, especially if they practice it on a professional level. Lauda was an exceptional driver, not only for his driving talent, but also for his head: he was a driver capable of challenging his limits and overcoming them. Just think of the efforts to recover from the accident that happened to him at the Niirburgring, during the Grand Prix, which had brought him one step away from death. Yet forty days later he had the strength and courage to get back on track. He had painful wounds on his face and the damage to his eyelids did not allow him to see as before. But he ran and finished fourth. Fantastic.
Even Hunt’s attitude has something to give professionals: every victory must be celebrated. And it is one of Mister Conte’s teachings. When you win you have to party, because in sport, as in life, the victories may not repeat themselves or escape for nothing. So when they arrive, you have to celebrate them in the best way and for as long as possible.
What is your opinion on civil unions and stepchild adoption? @Alessia Loi
We live in a country where family values and Catholic roots, which belong to me and to which I feel attached, are very strong. But reflecting on the value and meaning of the family, I believe that the only really important thing is to love yourself and be united. For children, the important thing is to receive love, respect and teaching from parents who love them. We could be talking about it by spending many more words, but I believe that in the end, when there are fewer children, the only things that matter are affection, responsibility and sacrifice for them!
Hi Claudio, is there an event, not sporting, that has particularly struck you? And why? @ Gianluca Maestri
Hi Gian! The answer is simple: September 11, 2001. I was only fifteen when I heard the news, and I was at the training ground. We were waiting for the coach by kicking the ball twice, making a bull, things like that.
But the coach didn’t come.
Gianluigi Gentile, who coached the youth teams, appeared gloomy and nervous and gave us the news of the attack on the Twin Towers. What I remember, far more than his words, are his eyes that expressed the terror of war. The coach had immediately imagined the consequences of such an attack. I must say that he was slightly wrong. Fifteen years have passed, but it seems to me that the situation has further complicated.
I will never forget that tragic event.
What is the thing that bothers you the most? @Roberta Celestino
In general, don’t know or know little about the topic you are talking about. I am a very curious person, and I always try to read and find out about anything.
What do you do when you have time to devote to yourself? @Adriana Irrera
When I am alone, I lie down on the sofa watching TV, maybe a nice documentary, or I take the car and go for a ride on roads that I know well, to enjoy driving and the view.
How did your passion for cars start? @Michela Marchesi http://qr.w69b.com/g/sNG2sREas
Simple, watching TV as a kid. I fell in love with Ayrton Senna, and since that day F1, cars and engines have become a passion. ’11fftora I love any car, it does not matter how fast or fast it can cost. always novo something that strikes me, the work behind the design, quality and specifications, accessories, all things that, over the years, become unique for a fan.
Have you ever cried for love? And what do you like about a woman? @ Gianluca Maestri
Of course I cried for love !!! And I think it’s a wonderful thing, not to be ashamed of at all. Keeping everything inside would be very wrong. In a woman I like spontaneity. I love being able to understand and see how natural you are, from the first time you meet, even if it is normal that, depending on the character, you may not be 100% genuine right away.
Was Roberta your first and only love story? @Alessio Fedi
Yes, she was the only one I introduced to my parents, and to relatives and friends. I’ve always been against the idea of bringing girls home, because I wanted the one who would make me fall in love would be the only one to enter. And so it was.
How did you meet Roberta? How did you ask her to get married? @Jessica Miretti
Roberta and I met at a party in Turin. The Winter Olympics were upon us and the city was being reborn. In addition to the major infrastructure works, there were events and meetings everywhere. Every day and every evening thousands of boys and girls found themselves exchanging small talk and enjoying the newfound beauty of the streets, buildings, clubs and Piedmontese pride.
That evening I went to a university party. Roberta was introduced to me as a friend of friends. I liked it immediately. But I can’t say that ours was love at first sight. Rather a via crucis. My courtship lasted six months. Six months when I looked like a mat. I always called her. I continually offered to do things together. But she nothing. He didn’t give me rope. You the other being in love and in courtship mode for me was an absolutely new condition. Up to that age à I never boyfriend. My relations with the fairer sex had remained very superficial.
However, after six months of pining and sterile pressing under the door of her house, one fine day I took the courage of both hands and said to her: «Robi, this is my phone number. If tomorrow you want to go for a ride and talk a little with me call me. Otherwise I won’t bother you anymore. Never again”.
It was the classic inside or out. His prevarication had dried up my patience: and to say that I have always been a very patient person.
The wait was one of the most anxious of my existence. But eventually the phone rang. On the other side was finally his voice.
We met the same evening.
The aftermath was all beautiful and simple, perhaps so beautiful precisely because it is very simple. A few meetings were enough to understand that we both wanted a serious and lasting relationship, a family, children.
Ours is the normal relationship between two people who love each other, who discuss everything, who always help each other. We are both very jealous and I think it’s a good sign: it means that we care about each other.
If I really have to find a fault with her: support Toro. But nobody is perfect.
What dad are you? What relationship do you have with your children? @Silvia Valetti
I love being and being a father. Maybe because I am always around and I cannot guarantee a continuous presence, when I am at home I do my dad one hundred percent. My kids are growing up fast and luckily I have a fantastic wife who takes care of them full time. We can also count on the help of four wonderful grandparents.
The only thing I would like to do without, every time I come home, is to play the part of the strict father. As soon as I put the bag in the hall, my wife calls me aside and rattles off the reasons why I have to take back or punish my children. David did that and Leonardo didn’t do this. And I just want to hug them and start playing!
Anyway, I do as Roberta tells me, even if every now and then, when the boys are in the room while she is in the kitchen and cannot see, I raise my voice with them but I actually have an amused face: so we all go out first.
In the evening, when we put them to bed, the place where Roberta and I take refuge is the sofa. If I can get hold of the remote, I always look for a documentary about some magnificent place and interesting topics. Otherwise we watch movies or tv series.
If it is the evening after the game, I often cannot sleep and relax with a glass of wine. However, there is so much adrenaline in the body that I rarely manage to fall asleep before three or four in the morning. In this I compete with Chiellini.
What do you like doing with your kids? @Michela Marchesi
I love spending time with them, also because, although I am not one of those fathers who never see their children, I realize that what I spend with David and Leonardo is not very much. I regret a few unique moments that I have missed and that life will no longer be able to give me back, but I am fortunate to have two children who, even if they are very young and need me, understand that Dad must go away. They don’t make a fuss, they just tell me they can’t wait to hug me, to kiss me. This helps to understand how, at times, we forget how strong and penetrating certain words are. And our children, however, manage to remind us of the weight they have.
Would you have liked to have a daughter? @Camilla Franzo
Ahahah, this is really a fan question of my wife … Joking aside, of course I would have liked it and would love it. Then we are already three boys at home, think if we should become four, poor Roberta!
How important is being a father and how much can a man change, from a character point of view? @Giuseppe Quintieri
Roberta and I became parents very early. But we grew up and changed hand in hand with our baby. With him we saw the couple’s life change, the priorities, and all the choices made for the future. With the arrival of Leonardo we realized that our maturation had been really great, and it was beautiful. Roberta certainly lives the house more, our children and all family situations, so it is thanks to her that on my return from every trip I can focus much more on the children without being distracted by anything else. Like all families, ours too can go through difficult moments, quarrels, misunderstandings, but we are ready to speak and face every single problem, and this binds us and strengthens more and more.
How did you choose the names of your children? And why exactly David and Leonardo? @Antonio Fiordalisi
We chose Davide in memory of my dear friend, who unfortunately is no longer with us, with his parents and his sister first, relatives and friends with whom he spent unique moments, and I was only very lucky to be able to share some really beautiful.
Leonardo does not have a precise meaning, I find it a really beautiful, serious and important name, like Davide. The choice of the name Davide was only mine, but fully shared by my wife, while Leonardo we decided together.
If David or Leonardo one day were to say to you: “Come on, Taurus, dad!”, How would you react? @Michela Proietti
It can never happen. My children are already next to me with Juventus shirt and wedding ring! The tradition continues …
If one of your children said to you: “Dad, I want to be a dancer”, would you react badly? @Giusy Cilio
Of course not. Roberta and I are trying to introduce our children to more sports and disciplines. Then time will help us understand what passions they want to cultivate, obviously together with study.
Davide and Leonardo are really different, both in character and in the predispositions they may have shown up to now. Davide loves sports, now he has started playing and has a lot of fun, and this is essential. Leonardo is still small but he is already starting swimming … We will see what will happen!
How important is it for you to do charity? Do you think it is right to share your luck with those in need? #finoallafine @Lucas Kamer
Beyond charity, I find perhaps more important the time one can devote to people less fortunate than us. I don’t like advertising very much, on the contrary, I believe that beneficial activities should not be shown on social networks to increase one’s image.
What job would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a footballer? @Sonia Visentin
I would have chosen a profession that would allow me to travel and get to know new places and people. The inondo and geography are my great passions: when I found myself in front of the choice of high school I would have liked the language high school.
I really like going around the world, getting to know different peoples and habits, discovering places that at the moment I can only prefigure myself by watching documentaries. Today is not possible, but the day I stop professional football I will leave for a series of very particular trips, so particular that I don’t know if I will be able to convince my wife to come with me.
I wish to go to Patagonia and from there to embark on an icebreaker ship to Antarctica. I would also like to go to Greenland and the North Pole, perhaps a guest of the research stations.
I am fascinated by these pristine places on the ends of the Earth, whose characteristics have not yet been changed, despite the presence of man.
Then I would like to go to Hawaii. I am very attracted to the volcanoes of that part of the world, as well as the harmony between nature, animals and the sea.
I know you like cooking. What is your favorite dish? What about your main course? @Sergio Cassano
I am a novice cook! But I love to cook, experiment and try to involve the whole family, like a game, and this unites us very much. There isn’t a particular dish that I prefer, also because I’m a good fork … I like everything!
Wine is your great passion. What’s your favorite? Have you ever visited wineries? What wine would you compare yourself with and why? @Azio Rubertelli
My passion for wine has burst in recent years. I don’t know, maybe the life of an athlete leads you to drink mainly water and supplements, leaving out one of the great pleasures of life. Yet I should have lived it sooner: my father has a vineyard and is rightly proud of his wine. Its grape variety is Freisa, a cousin of Nebbiolo typical of the province of Turin, and produces a good, light red table wine. Despite having it in my home cellar, I hardly ever drank it. I remember that at Christmas lunches and dinners I only drank a drop of Malvasia.
Today, however, the passion of wine, vines, cellars and everything that revolves around that wonderful world imprisoned in the bottles has ignited me. I like to go to cellars, to feel the perfume emanating from the barrels, to see the miracle of aging. I also like the fact that there is a lot of man’s work. A lot of experience and sensitivity. They are our hands that collect the bunches. Then it is the other senses, taste, smell and sight that guide their transformation into wine.
When I say goodbye to football, I hope to travel the world to get to know the other wines and winemakers. I would like to go to France, South Africa, America, New Zealand and Australia. I would like to see with my own eyes what they manage to create younger and less experienced winemakers: to know the final result of an art that we Italians and Europeans have always practiced.
I don’t know which wine to compare myself with, I would like to be so many, and I am spoiled for choice. Let’s say that if I really have to choose I would like to be a Barolo. In fact, I believe I have some of its characteristics: I was born in the Piedmont countryside, I have good starting qualities and I refine over time.
Once my father told me that I had become a good Barolo, or rather, the best I have ever tasted: that of Roberto Voerzio.
Which dish or food do you give up with most displeasure to respect your professional diet? @Vito Signorile
Even if I have a physical structure that allows me not to have to be too careful about the weight and what I eat, I always try to give a lot of importance to food, and to follow a correct diet, not only to improve a recovery or a performance, but in general for greater well-being. Cured meats, cheeses and desserts are not part of my daily diet, but like any greedy person, at the right times, I let myself go with enormous pleasure.
What did you buy after the first “millionaire” contract? @Davide Tascone
Snoop !!! Hahaha. Well; as a great car and FI enthusiast the choice could only fall on … a house, also because with Roberta we already thought of a family of our own, so we immediately looked for our love nest.
You have the opportunity to invite three people to dinner (historical characters, actors, singers, friends, sportsmen, living and otherwise): who would you choose? Thanks for the attention. Your big fan @Caterina Pezzoli http://qr.w69b.com/g/n10bDLsXK
Now I think about it … Ok, there are. My grandfather first: even if it is not among the various possibilities of choosing your request, I hope you will allow me.
I’ve never been lucky enough to meet him, but as I hear about it from my father, well, I hope you can understand me.
The second person is Alex Zanardi, an example in every sense, to which I would like to ask a lot of questions! The third … do you want to be you?
You called yourself 50% Principino and 50% blacksmith. Are you like that in your private life too? @Bianca Asaghini
In my private life I am mainly a blacksmith. That definition wanted to underline the fact that on the field I am not one who speaks a lot, who spurs others with words: on the field I try to guide my teammates by chasing opponents and fighting like a lion on all balls. In that sense I feel like a blacksmith. This attitude was passed on to me by my father, forced to start working at just thirteen. My grandfather died who was only thirty-five years old and my father and uncle had to grow up quickly. It is he who taught me to be practical and determined, to recognize what it is worthwhile to commit to. In the field and in private life I feel the co-presence of these two souls.
The nickname “Principino” was born in my first year in the first team: I came to training in an elegant jacket and moccasins. I was twenty years old and from the locker room full of champions and people bigger than me I took a lot of jokes! But I really like the name of the Little Lord and Principino: you have to see, however, if even when I am forty they will sound good!
The definition of Principino I feel less mine, although I must say that over the years I have had a profound transformation in the look. When I was young I spent a period in which I only wore low-rise jeans, wore an earring and sported improbable crests. Then, fortunately, my wife Roberta arrived who guided me towards my current way of dressing, almost always with the complete or coordinated dress. I am very well. I am comfortable, comfortable, but obviously this choice does not go unnoticed in an environment, such as football, where everyone often goes around in tracksuits.
When I get dressed after training, Lichtsteiner asks me every time if I’m there to sell him financial products. Others ask me if I should go to a wedding or some kind of ceremony. When I answer that I have to go home, and that even when I’m there I am dressed in the same way, they make fun of me to the bitter end.
Can you tell me at least 4 things worth living for? @Antonio Selva
The first is trivial, but it is the most important: you have to live because life is beautiful. There are so many wonderful things in life that one must try to take advantage of them.
The second are passions. It is worth cultivating and chasing them in the hope of being able to transform them into your own existence.
The third – and now I can say it – is to have children. I was born and raised in a family full of children and today I enjoy my children a lot. My regret is to be very busy and not very present, or at least not as much as I would like. My children, in fact, they tell me that I want, but that mom c ‘ is forever.
Fourth reason to live: friends. Having the good fortune to meet real ones and being able to recognize them as such, distinguishing them from those that are not.
Hi Claudio, at school they assigned me a tutorial and I would like to see how you manage . Can you tell me your personal and professional story in 30 lines? @Peter Verona
Good luck with your test … I don’t think I would make it. Despite being only thirty years old, there are so many events, people, emotions in my life that in 30 lines I just wouldn’t be able to make them stay.