• Rose to prominence as a top-grade, all-purpose midfielder as he helped home-town club Juventus win the Scudetto with an undefeated record, starting 35 of the 38 matches and scoring nine goals – just one fewer than in all of his previous seasons at the club combined.
• One of three Juventus players – together with Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo – to play every minute for Italy at UEFA EURO 2012, helping the Azzurri to reach the final.
• Captured the Italian Super Cup in a 4-2 extra-time win against SSC Napoli and helped La Vecchia Signora maintain their long unbeaten Serie A run in the first two months of the 2012/13 campaign.
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