Gaetano Castrovilli

Gaetano Castrovilli (born 17 February 1997) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as midfielder for Serie A club Fiorentina and the Italy national team.[2]

Gaetano Castrovilli
Personal information
Full name Gaetano Castrovilli[1]
Date of birth (1997-02-17) 17 February 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth Minervino Murge, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
2006–2008 Minervino
2008–2015 Bari
2015–2016Fiorentina (loan)
2017 Fiorentina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Bari 11 (0)
2017– Fiorentina 67 (8)
2017–2019Cremonese (loan) 52 (5)
National team
2017–2018 Italy U20 6 (2)
2018 Italy U21 2 (0)
2019– Italy 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:35, 31 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 May 2021

Club career

Castrovilli initially started playing football with the Minervino football school. At the age of 11, he joined the Bari youth system. He went on to make his debut for the first team in Serie B in 2015, and later broke into the starting line-up under manager Roberto Stellone during the 2016–17 season, making 11 appearances for the club in total.[3][4]

His performances caught the attention of Fiorentina, and he was later sent on loan to join the Florentine youth side in order to take part in the Torneo di Viareggio in 2016, during which he scored a goal in a 1–1 draw against Argentine side Belgrano; the senior side eventually acquired him from Bari on a permanent basis that year for €400,000. After six months with the primavera side, in 2017 he was then sent on loan to Cremonese in Serie B for two seasons in 2017, where he made 53 appearances in total, scoring 5 goals.[3][4][5]

In 2019, he returned to Fiorentina, and was included in Vincenzo Montella's first team plans; he went on to make his Serie A debut against Napoli later that year.[3][4]

International career

Castrovilli made his senior debut for Italy under manager Roberto Mancini, on 15 November 2019, coming on as a late substitute for Lorenzo Insigne in a 3–0 away win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, in a Euro 2020 qualifier.[6] Following an injury to Lorenzo Pellegrini, he was called-up in June 2021 by Mancini for Italy's UEFA Euro 2020 squad.[7]

Style of play

Castrovilli is a talented and versatile offensive–minded midfielder, with an eye for goal, who is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder or as an offensive–minded central midfielder, known as the mezzala role in Italian football jargon; he has also been deployed as a left winger, a position which allows him to cut onto his stronger right foot and shoot on goal. A fast, elegant, and dynamic player, despite not having a particularly low centre of gravity, he is capable of changing direction quickly, and is also known for his technique, dribbling skills, and use of feints, as well as his ability to exploit spaces and create a numerical advantage for his team when attacking with his late runs from deep. Due to his vision and intelligence, he is often involved in the build-up of attacking plays, although he is also known for his defensive work-rate, tackling, and ability to cover ground.[3][4][8]

Career statistics


As of match played 22 May 2021[2]
Club Season Division League National Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bari 2014–15 Serie B 1010
2016–17 Serie B 10010110
Total 110100000120
Cremonese (loan) 2017–18 Serie B 26120281
2018–19 Serie B 26411275
Total 525310000556
Fiorentina 2019–20 Serie A 33320353
2020–21 Serie A 34530375
Total 678500000728
Career total 1301391000013914


As of 28 May 2021[2]


  1. "Comunicato Ufficiale N. 228" [Official Statement No. 228] (PDF) (in Italian). Lega Serie A. 12 June 2017. p. 2. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  2. Gaetano Castrovilli at Soccerway
  3. "Chi è Gaetano Castrovilli, l'ex ballerino che ha stregato la Fiorentina" (in Italian). Eurosport. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  4. "Castrovilli ci ha già fatto innamorare" (in Italian). L'Ultimo Uomo. 23 September 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  5. "Viareggio, la Fiorentina con Castrovilli, ballerino mancato tra Kaka e Verratti". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 16 March 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  6. "Italy: Dominant display in Bosnia". Football Italia. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  7. "Figc, richiesta alla Uefa di sostituire il centrocampista Lorenzo Pellegrini" (in Italian). Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio. 10 June 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2021.
  8. "Bari calcio, la rivelazione Castrovilli: "Può essere la sorpresa di questo campionato"". la Repubblica (in Italian). 4 September 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2021.