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ITALY Fabio Cannavaro: 124 caps Age: 35 Centre back, two goals.
In a land where tackling is revered as much as a Renaissance painting, the World Cup winning skipper holds hero status.
He arrives in South Africa having just completed a three-season spell at Real Madrid and resigning for a second stint at Juventus.
Unsurprisingly after leading Italy to the World Cup title he was named world player of the year for 2006.
Cannavero was born in Naples. He played for Napoli for three seasons before joining Parma in 1995, with whom he won the Uefa Cup and two Italian Cups over a seven-year period.
He left to join Inter-Milan in 2002 but after only two seasons moved on to Juventus.
Upon joining Real Madrid in 2006 he helped the club win back-to-back Spanish league titles.
He left Juventus in 2006 after the Old Lady of Turin was relegated over the match-fixing scandal but Juve sports director Alessio Secco commented recently: "Fabio is a World Cup winner, a Ballon d'Or winner and a great man in the change rooms."- Sapa-AFP