Perugia (Italy), Rangers (Scotland), Salernitana (Italy), AC Milan (Italy)
Gennaro Gattuso (born January 9, 1978 in Corigliano
Calabro) is an Italian international football player. His
position is in the midfield. He currently plays for A.C. Milan,
with whom he won the UEFA Champions League in the season
2002/2003 and "Lo Scudetto" in the 2003/04 season.
Gattuso started his career at the Italian side Perugia, but
transferred in July 1997 at the age of 19 to the Scottish team
Rangers. Gattuso won the admiration fo Rangers fans while in
Glasgow, and his 'ultra-aggressive' playing technique has been
put down to the training he received there. He also credits the
one-time Rangers manager Walter Smith as a great influence, and
describes him as a 'second father'.
Smith's successor as Rangers' manager, Dick Advocaat, did not
prefer Gattuso in the team. After playing him 'out-of-position'
as a right-back, Gattuso was sold in October 1998 to Salernitana
Milan spent £8m on Gattuso 10 months later. His footballing
ability has since improved since moving to a more pass-orientated
Milan side. The current high profile Gattuso now enjoys is due
to his time at Milan and his participation as part of the
Italian national squad. He has been capped over 20 times for his
coutnry and played in the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004.
Gattuso still has links to Glasgow after marrying long-time
girlfriend Paula Romano whom he met while in the city.