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Marco Borriello (born 18 June 1982 in Naplesmarker) is an Italian footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Milan. He has previously played for other Italian clubs including Sampdoria, Treviso, Reggina, Empoli, Triestina and Genoa. He is strong, physical target striker known for his rocket left leg, commanding aerial presence, ability to track back on defense, and his penchant for scoring spectacular volleys.

He grew through the ranks of Milan but, having never received quality playing time. He was transferred to Treviso in joint-ownership bid. He made his professional debut for Triestina at Serie C2. His 10 goals in 27 Serie C1 games made Milan bring him back in June 2002.

Milan

At Milan first team, he made his Serie A debut on 21 September 2002 against Perugia.

He played 3 Serie A for Milan in 2002-03 before left for league rival Empoli. In 2003-04 season he played 4 Serie A games for Milan. In 2004-05 season on loan for Reggina, 2005-06 season for Sampdoria along with Samuele Dalla Bona and then second half for Treviso. At Treviso, he scored his career high of 5 Serie A goal.

Borriello was recalled to first team in summer 2006. Due to Milan losing Andriy Shevchenko and 4th forward Marcio Amoroso was allowed to leave.

On December 21, 2006, while serving his first full Milan season, he tested positive for a drug test for prednisolone and prednisone after the 11th matchday of the 2006/2007 Serie A season. After being confirmed of the given test in January 2007, he was suspended until March 21.

Genoa

On June 21, he was sold to Genoa in a co-ownership deal with Milan.

On September 26, 2007, Borriello helped Genoa accomplish their first win of the season back in Italy's top flight, netting his first hat-trick at the expense of Udinese Calcio. The game ended 3-2, with the striker scoring from the spot in the 76th minute. Incidentally, in the return game, played on February 24, 2008, in Udinemarker, Borriello hit another hat-trick, in a 5-3 away success, reaching 15 league goals in the process. He finished the season at 19, third behind Juventus pair Alessandro Del Piero and David Trézéguet.

Return to Milan

As Alberto Gilardino was sold to Fiorentina, On May 29, 2008 it was confirmed that Borriello would return to Milan as a replacement, in a deal that would include 50% rights of Davide Di Gennaro move to Genoa plus reported €10 million.

Shortly before the eventual signing of Ronaldinho to Milan, Borriello's agent claimed his client may look for playing time at another club if another striker was bought. The situation was resolved when the club bought Ronaldinho who plays as supporting striker or as an attacking midfielder.

Borriello made seven appearances in a Milan shirt, managing to find the net against Reggina in the league and FC Zurich in the UEFA Cup, but an unfortunate injury eventually kept him out of action for the rest of the season. After Kaka left the club in the summer transfer window of 2009 Borriello chose to move to his favourite shirt number, 22. On 1 November, 2009, Borriello scored his first ever brace for the Rossoneri in their 2-0 win over Parma. On November 25th, Borriello scored his first Champions League goal against Marseille in a match that finished 1-1.

International career

Borriello received his first Italian national team call-up for a friendly against Portugal, which took place on February 6, 2008, in Zürichmarker, Switzerlandmarker. He replaced Luca Toni for the final twenty minutes. Italy won the match 3-1. He also played the next two friendlies, all replaced Toni and called up to UEFA Euro 2008, but did not play.

Personal

Borriello grew up in the area of San Giovanni a Teducciomarker in Napolimarker. His father died in his teens, and he was raised along with siblings Fabio and Piergiorgio by his mother Margherita. He has dated an Argentinian model Belén Rodríguez.

Career Statistics

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Trevesio 2001-02 29 10 - - - - 29 10
Total 29 10 - - - - 29 10
Milan 2002-03 3 0 2 1 1 0 6 1
Total 3 0 2 1 1 0 6 1
Empoli 2002-03 12 1 - - - - 12 1
Total 12 1 - - - - 12 1
Milan 2003-04 4 0 6 0 1 0 11 0
Total 4 0 6 0 1 0 11 0
Reggina 2004-05 30 2 - - - - 30 2
Total 30 2 - - - - 30 2
Sampdoria 2005-06 11 2 1 0 2 0 14 2
Total 11 2 1 0 2 0 14 2
Trevesio 2005-06 20 5 - - - - 20 5
Total 20 5 - - - - 20 5
Milan 2006-07 9 1 2 2 3 0 14 3
Total 9 1 2 2 3 0 14 3
Genoa 2007-08 35 19 2 0 - - 37 19
Total 35 19 2 0 - - 37 19
Milan 2008-09 7 1 - - 1 1 8 2
2009-10 7 3 - - 2 1 9 4
Total 14 4 - - 3 2 17 6
Career Total 167 44 13 3 9 2 179 49


International competitions



References

  1. Borriello suspended after drug test
  • http://www.gazzetta.it/speciali/statistiche/2008_nw/giocatori/55587.shtml
  • http://www.tuttocalciatori.net/Borriello_Marco



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