Nicolò Barella (Italian pronunciation: [nikoˈlɔ baˈrɛlla]; born 7 February 1997) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Inter Milan and the Italy national team.
Barella with Cagliari in 2017
|Full name||Nicolò Barella|
|Date of birth||7 February 1997|
|Place of birth||Cagliari, Italy|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2016||→ Como (loan)||16||(0)|
|2019–2020||→ Inter Milan (loan)||27||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 August 2020|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2020
On 12 July 2019 Barella joined Inter Milan on a year-long deal with an obligation to buy with four-year contract to take effect after the loan period. He made his club debut on 26 August against Lecce; he came off the bench in the second half for Matías Vecino, and later helped set-up Antonio Candreva's goal in an eventual 4–0 home win in Inter's opening match of the 2019–20 Serie A season. He made his Champions League debut on 17 September against Slavia Prague; after coming off the bench for Marcelo Brozović in the second half, he scored an injury-time equalising goal to help Inter to a 1–1 home draw, which was his first goal both in the competition and for Inter. On 9 November, he scored his first league goal for the club as Inter came from behind to achieve a 2–1 home win over Verona. He scored his first goal in the Coppa Italia on 29 January 2020, in 2–1 home win over Fiorentina, in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Barella made his debut for the Italy senior side on 10 October 2018, under manager Roberto Mancini, in a 1–1 friendly draw against Ukraine in Genoa. On 23 March 2019, Barella scored his first goal for Italy in a 2–0 home win over Finland in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match.
Style of playEdit
Barella is considered a promising and highly talented young midfielder in the European sports media. He was named the best young Italian player born in 1997 for two consecutive years between 2012 and 2013. Italian football journalist Mina Rzouki described him as an intelligent, promising, and composed midfielder, despite his young age, with a wide range of skills. She also commented that Barella "...can dribble through a defence, score volleys and start counter-attacks. He knows how to find the right passes and is box-to-box. Most importantly he can win back possession quickly and recover the ball." Barella's performances have also been praised by Italian former footballers Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro Del Piero. The Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport has compared him to Steven Gerrard, describing him as a player with good technique, vision, stamina, and physical strength, despite his relatively short stature, as well as an ability to win balls, which enables him to break down possession and subsequently start quick attacking plays. A versatile player, he is capable of playing anywhere in midfield, and has even been used as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder, but his favoured role is as a right-sided, offensive-minded central midfielder, known as a "mezzala" in Italy. Known for his eye for goal, he possesses a good shot from outside the area, and is known for his ability to make late attacking runs from behind into the penalty area. He is also an accurate set piece and penalty taker. He is known for his strong character, leadership qualities, competitive spirit, and winning mentality, but has also drawn criticism at times in the press for protesting or arguing excessively with officials during matches.
- As of match played 21 August 2020
|Como (loan)||2015–16||Serie B||16||0||0||0||—||—||16||0|
|Inter Milan (loan)||2019–20||Serie A||27||1||4||1||10||2||—||41||4|
- As of 7 September 2020
- Scores and results list Italy's goal tally first.
|1.||23 March 2019||Stadio Friuli, Udine, Italy||Finland||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2020 qualification|
|2.||8 June 2019||Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece||Greece||1–0||3–0|
|3.||18 November 2019||Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo, Italy||Armenia||3–0||9–1|
|4.||7 September 2020||Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||1–0||1–0||2020–21 UEFA Nations League A|
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