Juventus captain and club legend Giorgio Chiellini has confessed that he actually supported AC Milan when he was a boy, but quickly fell in love with the Old Lady when he signed for them aged 20.
Chiellini is a cult figure in Turin having spent the last 15 seasons with Juventus but he revealed that family rivalry meant he used to back the Rossoneri.
The 35-year old announced his past allegiance to Milan during a talk held for Juve’s Junior Members at the Allianz Stadium on Monday afternoon.
“I was a Milan fan, unfortunately, then I got better. I became smarter growing up. Maldini was my favourite player,” Chiellini said in the Q&A session published by Football Italia.
“I have a twin brother, he was a Juve fan and I had to go against him and be Milan. Can you imagine how happy he was when Juve bought me when I was 20 years old?”
However, Chiellini was quick to say that his move to Juventus from Fiorentina in 2005 brought newfound wisdom and now, the defender bleeds black and white, proclaiming himself as one of the Old Lady’s most ardent supporters.
“When I moved here I immediately fell in love with the club, and now I think it’s difficult to find a bigger Juve fan on this earth than me,” he added. “I became smarter. Now it’s difficult to find a bigger Juventus fan than me.”
The eight-time Serie A winner also revealed who he deemed to be one of his toughest ever opponents.
“Apart from Ronaldo and Messi, who are two extra-terrestrials, I always say Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” he revealed.
“He had physical strength, technique, personality…I had the fortune to play with him and against him.”
Unfortunately, Juventus fans will have to wait a little longer to see Chiellini’s defensive talents on show this season.
Chiellini is currently sidelined with an ACL injury which he sustained in training in August and he isn’t expected to make a return until next spring.