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A former winger, also capable of playing as a wide midfielder and as a wing-back, he is renowned for his stamina, quick sprints, and ability to make attacking runs down the right wing, and is one of the fastest players in the top leagues of European football. Ignazio Abate, on his 31st birthday here is his life in flashback.

Early days :
Abate was born in Sant’Agata de’ Goti, the son of former Italian goalkeeper Beniamino Abate, now a coach with the Milan youth academy.

Career :
Ignazio’s professional career started in 2003 in A.C. Milan. During the debut season the young defender didn’t come off the bench and thus was loaned to Napoli in 2004.
During the 2004/05 season the young Milan player scored 2 goals in 29 appearances.
In 2005 Ignazio was first loaned to Sampdoria but never played a match for the club. Later on that year he appeared 13 times for Piacenza.
In 2006 the young winger continued his career and made 38 appearances during his spell at Modena F.C. At Modena, Abate became a key defender and was frequently put in the starting eleven, with 38 appearances during the 2006/07 season.
In 2007 Ignazio’s loan spell ended, as did the contract with Milan, and he became a free agent. Empoli F.C. seized the opportunity and acquired Abate for 900 thousand euros. During the 2007/08 season, Abate was the first-choice fullback, rarely missing the games. At Empoli, he made 24 appearances and scored 1 goal.
In 2008 Ignazio continued his career at Torino F.C., and appeared in 25 games.
In 2009 A.C. Milan reclaimed Abate and put him in the team roster. Ignazio was eager to play for his alma mater and a top Italian club. After slow start in debut matches, Abate was promoted to a regular right back by Milan head coach. To date, Abate has made over 200 appearances for the club.
From 2004 to 2009 Ignazio Abate made 21 appearances for the Italian U-18 and U-21 teams, in which he scored 2 goals. He won the 2008 Toulon Tournament and completed the Olympic national team, with 4 games and 1 goal scored. Starting from 2011 Ignazio is a part of the Italian national football team.

Personal Life :
Abate and his wife Valentina have two sons, Matteo (born 19 November 2011) and Andrea (born 14 May 2013). The couple got married on 18 June 2015.

Achievements :

Club :
Milan :
Serie A (1): 2010–11
Supercoppa Italiana (2): 2011, 2016

International :
Italy U-21 :
Toulon Tournament: 2008
Italy :
UEFA European Championship: Runner-up 2012

A very happy and prosperous birthday to the vast experience holder defender of Italian emperor.