Italy’s most capped player and their inspirational captain in 2006, he struggled at last summer’s Confederations Cup, when he passed Paolo Maldini’s caps record in a 3-0 loss to Brazil.
His return to Juventus was not been a successful one despite playing alongside Azzurri team-mate Giorgio Chiellini and the club decided against extending his contract for next season. His first choice was to join hometown club Napoli but instead has agreed a two-year deal to play for UAE side Al Ahli.
Cannavaro, who missed Euro 2008 because of an ankle injury, played every game bar one in qualifying for South Africa but will retire from international football after the World Cup.
A proud Neapolitan, Cannavaro was a ball-boy when Diego Maradona inspired Napoli to Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990. He moved on to play for Parma and Inter before switching to Juve in 2002 and helped them to back-to-back Serie A titles in 2004/05 and 05/06, though both were later rescinded.
He left for Real Madrid after the Calciopoli scandal, winning two Liga titles before rejoining Juve in 2009.
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