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Oct 30th 2023

Ballon d'Or: Lautaro 20th and Barella 27th

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It all began on an island, his island. And it all began with a deep passion for football. Nicolò Barella was born in Cagliari on 7 February 1997 and it didn’t take him long to discover his lifelong dedication to the game. His goal was set from a young age when he would go and watch matches with his father and take in every movement and all off the infinite energy. Since his first steps onto the pitch, he’s always gone at 100 miles per hour. Sestu is the town where it all began and to which he is still very attached, even to this day. His education at the “Gigi Riva” Football School and further development with Cagliari’s youth teams led to his Serie A debut with the Rossoblù; he career took shape step by step, driven by incredible determination, innate talent and constant hard work.

It was in Como, close to Milano, that the midfielder got his first experience away from Sardinia. It was an educational time both as a footballer and as a person. He subsequently returned to Cagliari and the exploits that led him to join Inter in 2019. The choice was taken without any shadow of a doubt; it was a big project, in which Barella was ready to partake. The Black and Blue had long featured in his games with family, and are the colours that he now hoists high alongside his teammates. His father gave him two shirts: one with Ronaldo on the back and the other with Recoba. And then came the Azzurri. A key member of the Italy national team, Barella starred in the Azzurri’s European Championship win in 2021, which culminated in the victory over England at Wembley, scoring in the quarters against Belgium. He was won 45 caps and scored eight goals for his country.

He was voted the best midfielder in Serie A in 2020/21 and 2022/23. While at Inter, he has won one Scudetto, two Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa titles.

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Career Path

2019 - now


FC Internazionale Milano

233 appearances

5 seasons played

22 goals scored

1X Serie A

2X Coppa Italia

3X Super Cup

2017 - now



53 appearances

7 seasons played

9 goals scored

1X UEFA European Championship



2016 - 2019


Cagliari Calcio

103 appearances

3 seasons played

7 goals scored




2019 - 2019


Italy Under 21

3 appearances

First Season

1 goal scored




2017 - 2019


Italy Under 20

2 appearances

2 seasons played

0 goals scored




2015 - 2016


Italy Under 19

9 appearances

1 season played

0 goals scored




2016 - 2016


Calcio Como 1907

16 appearances

First Season

0 goals scored




2014 - 2016


Cagliari Calcio

9 appearances

2 seasons played

0 goals scored




2013 - 2014


Italy Under 17

2 appearances

1 season played

0 goals scored




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