Giorgio Chiellini, a former Juventus star and current LAFC defender, is set to retire from football.
Chiellini recently played his last possible game for LAFC, according to Goal Italia’s Romeo Agresti, and he is now set to hang up his boots. The defender could announce his retirement from football later today, and it could be made official in the afternoon.
Chiellini is already thinking about his post-retirement plans, and his ambition is to become a Juventus manager, with his chances of returning to the Bianconeri likely to improve once he announces his retirement. The announcement is expected to be made at 4 p.m. Italian time.
Juve has made no calls to bring Chiellini back, but La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the defender may stay in the United States for another year to recharge his batteries before returning to Italy.
Chiellini played 561 games for Juventus and scored 36 goals, winning nine consecutive Scudetti. He also won five Italian Super Cups and five Italian Cups with the Old Lady.
Giorgio Chiellini | The Italian Legend
Former Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is expected to retire today, according to reports.
According to Romeo Agresti, Chiellini, the legendary Juventus defender, will announce his retirement from football today, Tuesday, December 12.
The 39-year-old has spent the last two seasons with LAFC and has recently hinted that he may retire from the MLS at the end of the season. On Saturday night, his LAFC team lost the MLS Cup Final.
Chiellini scored 36 goals in 561 games for Juventus, winning nine Serie A titles, five Supercoppa Italiana titles, and five Coppa Italias.
In 2015 and 2017, he also reached the Champions League Final.
He led Italy to victory in the 2020 Euros at Wembley Stadium.
Chiellini may return to Juventus after the season.
Chiellini may return to Juventus after his playing career concludes. Claudio, his brother, is already a member of the club, serving as the Head of Next Gen Area.
The legendary defender has also expressed interest in working in the MLS to help the league grow.