Following the expiration of his contract at Juventus, Giorgio Chiellini has revealed that he has joined LAFC on a free transfer.
His agreement to join MLS will take him to Hollywood for the concluding chapter of his illustrious career.
Chiellini, who joins Andrea Pirlo, Wayne Rooney, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as mega-stars to play in America in the last five years, is one of the league’s most well-known acquisitions in terms of name recognition.
The 37-year-old is said to have agreed to an 18-month deal with his new team, which will keep him with the club until 2023.
Chiellini is also expected to be signed using Targeted Allocation Money rather of Designated Player money, which is a huge coup given his status in the game.
It’s the first time he’s played for a team other than Juventus since 2004, and it’s an emotional adjustment for the veteran.
In May, he remarked of his time in Turin, “We had these 10 beautiful years, [and] it’s up to the lads to continue now.” “I gave it my all, and I hope I left something behind.”
Chiellini’s on-field performance is clearly important, and he has continued to play for both club and country in the past year, notably at Euro 2020 and in the Champions League.
But his leadership and professionalism are also essential aspects; he’s a long-serving captain who can add a wealth of knowledge to a team that is already performing well this season.
“Chiellini gave Italian, European and world football so much in terms of passion and love for his job,” said Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri. “I think everyone in youth academies should study videos of Chiellini to learn how to defend.”
Injuries and all-around fitness are concerns, though, as Chiellini has not logged 30 league appearances in a campaign since 2013-14.