Italian midfielder who became the captain of Series A club Roma in 1998; played for the Italian national team from 1998 until 2006, helping the team capture a World Cup Championship in 2006.
He debuted with Roma in 1992 after spending three years in the club's youth system; he went on to appear in over 500 matches for the team.
He played alongside keeper Gianluigi Buffon on the Italian natioanl team from 1998 to 2006.
He began his youth career with Fortitudo in 1984.
He had two children with his wife Llary Blasi, a former showgirl.