Antonio Barreca

Antonio Barreca (born 18 March 1995) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Serie A club Fiorentina, on loan from Monaco.

Antonio Barreca
Personal information
Date of birth (1995-03-18) 18 March 1995 (age 26)
Place of birth Turin, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Position(s) Left-back
Club information
Current team
Fiorentina (on loan from Monaco)
Number 27
Youth career
2002–2014 Torino
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2018 Torino 37 (0)
2014–2015Cittadella (loan) 38 (1)
2015–2016Cagliari (loan) 15 (0)
2018– Monaco 7 (0)
2019Newcastle United (loan) 1 (0)
2019–2020Genoa (loan) 18 (0)
2020–Fiorentina (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Italy U18 6 (0)
2013 Italy U19 4 (0)
2014 Italy U20 1 (0)
2015–2017 Italy U21 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:50, 31 May 2021 (UTC)

Club career

Early career

Born in Turin to Sicilian parents, he grew up in the Torino youth, where he played for each youth category up to the Primavera.[2] In 2013–14, he led the Primavera to the finals of the Campionato Primavera, lost on penalties to Chievo.[3][4] Coinciding with Torino's injury problems that season he was regularly called up to the first team by Giampiero Ventura.

Loans to Cittadella and Cagliari

In his first season as a professional, Barreca was sent on loan to Cittadella in Serie B. He made his debut in the third round of Coppa Italia, lost 4–1 to Sassuolo.[5] Barreca scored his first goal in Serie B on 15 November 2014 in a 5–2 away loss to Carpi.[6]

On 17 June 2015, he was loaned to Cagliari with a buyout clause and buy back clause in favour of Torino.[7] He made his debut with the Sardi in the eighth round, away to Novara (1–0). He made 15 appearances for Cagliari, led by Massimo Rastelli, who won the championship and were promoted to Serie A. On 26 June 2016 his contract was redeemed by Torino.[8]


He made his debut for Torino on 13 August 2016, in the third round of the Coppa Italia, won 4–1 against Pro Vercelli at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino. On 18 September, at age 21, he made his debut in Serie A, entering as a substitute for Christian Molinaro in the first half of the match Torino Empoli (0–0). In December 2016 he was awarded the best young player of the year by the USSI (Unione Stampa Sportiva Italiana).[9]


On 10 July 2018, he was sold to Ligue 1 club Monaco.[10]

Loans to Newcastle United, Genoa and Fiorentina

On 31 January 2019, Barreca joined Premier League side Newcastle United on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season. He made his only appearance coming on as a substitute against Tottenham Hostspur in a 1-0 away loss.[11] On 11 July 2019, he joined Genoa C.F.C. on loan with an option to buy.[12] On 5 October 2020, he signed for Fiorentina on the same basis.[13]

International career

He represented the Italy U-20 team on 6 January 2013 in a match valid for the Under-20 Four Nations Tournament. Gli Azzurrini lost 2–1 away to Poland.

He made his debut with the Italy U-21 squad on 12 August 2015, in a friendly match against Hungary, played in Telki.[14]

In June 2017, he was included in the Italy under-21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship by manager Luigi Di Biagio.[15] Italy were eliminated in the semi-finals following a 3–1 defeat to Spain on 27 June.[16][17]

Style of play

Barreca mainly covers the role of a left full-back or wing-back, but is often used with good results as a winger: he has notable speed, crossing ability and vision of the game.[18]

Career statistics


Updated 22 May 2021.

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Torino 2013–14Serie A 000000
Cittadella (loan) 2014–15Serie B 38110391
Cagliari (loan) 2015–16Serie B 15020170
Torino 2016–17Serie A28020300
Total 370200000390
Monaco 2018–19Ligue 170101090
Newcastle United (loan) 2018–19Premier League10000010
Genoa (loan) 2019–20Serie A18010190
Fiorentina (loan) 2020–21301040
Career total 11918010001281





  2. "Antonio Barreca, il Torino ha trovato il terzino del futuro". (in Italian). Archived from the original on 12 April 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  3. "Regolamento del Campionato Primavera TIM 2012/2013 – "Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti"" (PDF). (in Italian). Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  4. "Sassuolo vs. Cittadella - 21 August 2014 - Soccerway".
  5. "Carpi vs. Cittadella - 15 November 2014 - Soccerway".
  6. "UFFICIALE: Torino, preso Avelar dal Cagliari. Barreca in prestito in Sardegna -". 17 June 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  7. "Barreca al Toro | TORINO FC 1906 SITO UFFICIALE". (in Italian). Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  8. "Torino, Barreca "rivelazione dell'anno": il premio dell'Ussi". Tuttosport. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 July 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. "UFFICIALE: Genoa, dal Monaco ecco Barreca in prestito con diritto". Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  12. "Barreca signs for Fiorentina". ACF Fiorentina. 5 October 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  13. "Aramu e Benassi in Nazionale Under 21 | TORINO FC 1906 SITO UFFICIALE". (in Italian). Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  14. "U21: Italy squad for Euros named". Football Italia. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  15. "Spain U21 3-1 Italy U21". BBC Sport. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  16. James Horncastle (28 June 2017). "Italy fall to familiar foe Spain at U21 Euros but there is hope for the future". ESPN FC. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  17. Federico Ciapparoni (19 December 2014). "Barreca a CM: 'Mi ha cercato il Milan'" (in Italian). Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  18. "Serie B: Cagliari title, Livorno relegated - Football Italia". Retrieved 6 July 2017.