Daniele De Rossi was born into football. His father Albert is a former professional player as well as the current coach of the AS Roma Primavera team. Following his first steps in football with his local team, Ostiamare, Daniele entered the Roma youth ranks. After impressing in the youth squad, his first-team debut came in 2001, when at just 18 years old he played in the Champions League against Belgian side Anderlecht.
He scored his first goal on his Serie A debut in May 2003 against Torino and has enjoyed immense success on the pitch ever since. He is now a focal point of the Roma midfield, winning his first trophies with the Giallorossi in the form of two Coppa Italias from 2006-2008 and the Italian Super Cup in August 2007, thanks to his winning penalty against Inter Milan. His dream is to lift the Scudetto with his beloved club, something he has yet to achieve.
De Rossi is also no stranger to international honors. He began to play for Italy on the international stage at a young age, winning the European Under-21 World Cup in 2004. The very next season he was called up to the Italian senior side in a match against Norway, scoring a goal on his debut. Then-Italian national team coach Marcelo Lippi took him to the World Cup in Germany in 2006, where he helped Italy win their fourth World Cup, converting his penalty kick in the final against France. De Rossi’s leadership and versatility make him invaluable to the Roma squad as he can play all over the midfield as well as in the heart of the defence.Show More Show Less