European SuperCup winner (Milan AC)
2003 Champions League winner (Milan AC)
1999 Cup Winners Cup winner (Lazio Rome)
2000 Serie A.. Champions (Lazio Rome)
2004 Serie A.. Champions (Milan AC)
1998 Italian Cup winner (Lazio Rome)
2000 Italian Cup winner (Lazio Rome)
2003 Italian Cup winner (Milan AC)
2000 European Championship Finals (Italy)
2005 Champions League Finals (Milan AC)
Alessandro Nesta (born March 19, 1976 in Rome) is an Italian
footballer. He plays at center back for A.C. Milan in Serie A.
He has previously played for S.S. Lazio. With amazing tackling
skill, game reading ability he is widely considered one of the
best defenders in the world.
Sandro had a happy childhood in his quarter of Cinecittà, in
Rome. He attended the primary school at "Margherita Bosco",
where he first started playing football. Fernando, Alessandro's
older brother, was advised to play a sport because of his back
problem, and enrolled at the local football club. Young
Alessandro threw a tantrum till his father gave in and he was
enrolled as well, and so his career began.
In 1985, he joined the youth academy of Lazio, where he rose
through the ranks playing in various positions, including
striker and midfielder. His international career first showed
signs of growth when he played for the Italian national Under-15
and Under-16 sides. In 1993, he managed to join Lazio's first-team
In 1996, Nesta was a member of the Italian Under-21 team that
defeated Spain to win the European Under-21 Championship,
picking up the award for best defender in the tournament along
the way. He made his full international debut for Italy against
Moldova on October 5, 1996. In 1997, he was given the captaincy
of Lazio. It was in the 1997-'98 season that Lazio won the Coppa
Italia (Italian Cup), beating A.C. Milan in the final, with
Nesta amongst the goal-scorers.
Just before the 2002-'03 season, Nesta joined A.C. Milan. With
Milan he has won the Scudetto Serie A (Italian Championship),
Coppa Italia, Champions League and the European Super Cup.
Nesta has appeared over 60 times for the Italian national team
and has been a mainstay in it since the late 1990s. He played
for his country in Euro 96, the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000, the
2002 World Cup, and Euro 2004.
He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living
footballers in March 2004.