Marco Borriello

Marco Borriello (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko borˈrjɛllo]; born 18 June 1982) is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a striker.

Marco Borriello
Borriello playing for Genoa in 2008
Personal information
Full name Marco Borriello
Date of birth (1982-06-18) 18 June 1982 (age 38)
Place of birth Naples, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1996–1999 Milan
1999–2001 Treviso
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Treviso 27 (10)
2001Triestina (loan) 9 (1)
2002–2007 Milan 16 (1)
2003Empoli (loan) 12 (1)
2004–2005Reggina (loan) 30 (2)
2005–2006Sampdoria (loan) 11 (2)
2006Treviso (loan) 20 (5)
2007–2008 Genoa 35 (19)
2008–2010 Milan 37 (15)
2010–2015 Roma 52 (12)
2012Juventus (loan) 13 (2)
2012–2013Genoa (loan) 28 (12)
2014West Ham United (loan) 2 (0)
2015 Genoa 8 (0)
2015–2016 Carpi 12 (4)
2016 Atalanta 15 (4)
2016–2017 Cagliari 36 (16)
2017–2018 SPAL 15 (1)
2018–2019 Ibiza 7 (0)
Total 385 (107)
National team
2001–2002 Italy U20[2] 3 (1)
2002–2003 Italy U21[2] 12 (6)
2008–2011 Italy[2] 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Throughout his career, Borriello played for several Italian clubs, including Treviso, Triestina, Milan, Empoli, Reggina, Sampdoria, Genoa, Roma, Juventus, Carpi, Atalanta, Cagliari and SPAL, as well as English side West Ham United and Spanish side Ibiza. At international level, he has represented the Italy national team and took part at UEFA Euro 2008.

Club career

Early career

Borriello came up through the ranks of Milan but was transferred to Treviso on loan before having the chance to prove himself at the first team. He scored eight goals for Treviso reserves in the 2000–01 season.[3] After another move ca. January 2001, he made his professional debut for Triestina in 2000–01 Serie C2 (the fourth division), subsequently returning to Treviso in June 2001, via Milan.[4] His 10 goals in 27 Serie C1 games with Treviso led to Milan's recalling him in June 2002.


Borriello made his Serie A debut for Milan on 21 September 2002 against Perugia but failed to establish himself and spent much of the next few years on loan at other Serie A clubs.

After only three league appearances for Milan, he was loaned out to Empoli for the rest of the 2002–03 Serie A season. He returned to Milan for the entire 2003–04 season, but played in just four league games. In the 2004–05 season, he was on loan at Reggina.[5] In the 2005–06 season, he was once again sent on loan, this time to Sampdoria along with Milan teammates Samuele Dalla Bona and Ignazio Abate. Borriello left Sampdoria in January 2006 for a six-month loan stint at Treviso where he scored his then-career best of five Serie A goals.[6] Treviso, however, were relegated to Serie B that season.

Borriello was recalled to Milan's first team in the summer of 2006 after Andriy Shevchenko was sold to Chelsea and Marcio Amoroso terminated his contract. However, once again he became only a fourth-choice striker, this time behind Filippo Inzaghi, Alberto Gilardino, and Ricardo Oliveira. Moreover, his career was briefly put in jeopardy when on 21 December 2006 it was revealed that he tested positive for prednisolone and prednisone after the 11th game of the 2006–07 Serie A season against AS Roma played on 11 November 2006.[7] After confirmation of the test results in January 2007, he was suspended until 21 March 2007.[8] As a result of his suspension, he was also excluded from the club's Champions League squad list and, therefore, was not able to participate in any playoff games leading up to Milan's victory over Liverpool in the final.[9]


On 21 June 2007, Borriello was sold to Genoa in a co-ownership deal with Milan, for €1.8 million.[10] Borriello helped newly promoted Genoa get their first win of the season, scoring his first hat-trick at the expense of Udinese. The game ended 3–2, with the striker scoring from the penalty spot in the 76th minute. Incidentally, in the return fixture on 24 February 2008 in Udine, Borriello hit another hat-trick in a 5–3 away win, reaching 15 league goals in the process. He finished the season with 19, making him the third-highest goalscorer in the league behind Juventus pair Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet.

Return to Milan

Borriello (number shirt 22) clashed with Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs.

Following the sale of striker Alberto Gilardino to Fiorentina, it was confirmed on 29 May 2008 that Borriello would return to Milan as his replacement. The deal included the move of Davide Di Gennaro to Genoa under a co-ownership deal for €2.5 million,[11] in addition to a €7.5 million fee.[12][13] (However, Di Gennaro was devalued to €1.25 million when he returned to Milan a year later, which made the return of Borriello had cost Milan €8.75 million).

Shortly before the signing of Ronaldinho by Milan, Borriello's agent claimed his client might look for playing time at a different club if the club bought another striker. The signing of Ronaldinho, however, was not seen as a threat to Borriello's position, as the Brazilian played normally as a supporting striker or an attacking midfielder.

2008–09 season

In Borriello's first season of his second spell at Milan, he made just seven Serie A appearances, scoring just one goal, which came against Reggina. He also scored against FC Zürich in the UEFA Cup, but an unfortunate injury kept him out of action for the rest of the season. After Kaká left the club in the summer 2009 transfer window, Borriello chose to switch to shirt number 22, which he had worn at Genoa.

2009–10 season

After a disappointing first season, Borriello scored his first ever brace for the Rossoneri in their 2–0 win over Parma on 1 November 2009. On 25 November, Borriello scored his first UEFA Champions League goal in a match against Marseille which finished 1–1. Borriello scored another brace in Milan's 5–2 defeat of former club Genoa, one of his goals being an acrobatic bicycle kick from a cross from Ronaldinho. The following week, Borriello scored a lovely goal against Siena when he hooked a 30-yard chipped pass from Andrea Pirlo into the top corner of the net. On 21 February 2010, Borriello scored his fourth volley of the season in Milan's 2–0 win over Bari. On 11 April, he scored two second half goals to help Milan come from 2–0 down to draw against Catania Calcio. Borriello finished the season with 14 league goals in 26 appearances.


2010–11 season

Borriello started the first game of the season for Milan against Lecce. On 31 August 2010, he was loaned to Roma for free (where he then scored the winning goal against Milan at the San Siro on 19 December),[14] with the obligation to purchase the player's rights before the 2011–12 season for a total of €10 million split over three years (a general practice in Italy), as a direct consequence of the arrival of forwards Zlatan Ibrahimović and Robinho. Borriello signed a 1+4-year contract; in the first year he would earn €4.5 million (in gross/pre-tax salary, excluded bonuses), an amount increasing to €5.4 million in the following years.[15] His agent revealed that he almost joined English side Manchester City, but joined Roma, thanks to conviction and passion from Rosella Sensi, Roma's chairwoman.[16]

He made his Roma debut on 11 September 2010, as Roma lost 5–1 loss against Cagliari.[17] In back-to-back matches on 19 and 22 September 2010, he scored against Bologna and Brescia. A week later, on 28 September 2010, in the Champions League, he scored his first goal in the Champions League in a 2–1 win over CFR Cluj. This was followed up, on 19 October 2010, in a 3–1 loss against FC Basel. His third came when he scored the first goal for Roma in a match before winning a penalty, allowing Francesco Totti to score a winner. He scored his fourth European goal in the final game of Roma's group stage campaign, as Roma settled a draw with Cluj. In the Derby della Capitale against Rome rivals Lazio, Borriello scored the opener in the second half as Roma win 2–0[18] and scored again from the penalty, on 19 January 2011, in the round of 16 of the Coppa Italia, which Roma won 2–1 once more.

Borriello finished with 17 goals (in all competitions) for Roma in the 2010–11 season, making him a second top scorer behind Francesco Totti.

2011–12 season

With the arrival of new coach Luis Enrique, Borriello came to be considered surplus to the team's needs.[19] He spent the first half of the season on the bench, playing just seven matches of which he started in only two.


Borriello was signed by Juventus in January 2012 on a half-season loan from Roma for €500,000, with the option to buy him for €8 million at the end of the season.[20] Borriello also received a leaving incentive of €275,000 from Roma, which de facto came from the loan income that Juventus paid. After his official unveiling as a Juventus player to Italian press, Borriello met with a hostile reception from Juventus fans. This was due to him moving to Roma, rather than to Juventus two years previous.[21]

He scored his first Juventus goal in a win against Cesena on 25 April. After scoring his first goal, Borriello says his goal was dedicated to Andrea Fortunato, who died on 25 April 1995 at the age of 23 after contracting pneumonia.[22] He scored again in the next game, a 4–0 win at Novara, which secured Juventus' first Serie A title since 2003.[23] On 30 June, Borriello returned to Roma despite wishing to sign permanently for Juventus.[24]

Return to Genoa

Juventus opted not to purchase Borriello after his loan spell at the club and he returned to Roma. However, he was not in new coach Zdeněk Zeman's plans and he was placed on the transfer list.[25] On 31 August 2012, the final day of the Italian transfer market, Genoa signed him from Roma and sent Alberto Gilardino to Bologna, also in temporary deal.[26] Genoa paid Roma €250,000 with part of his wages being paid by Roma.[27]

After making eight appearance and scoring three, Borriello then suffered a trauma injury in the right ankle, putting him out of action for 45 days.[28] Despite the injury, Borriello ended the season as the club's top scorer, and they avoided relegation by one place in the league table.

Return to Roma

With Genoa deciding not to purchase Borriello in full after his loan spell at the club, he returned to Roma. He started in the first game of the season against Livorno, playing 60 minutes. On 31 October 2013, he scored a historical winner against Chievo, helping the team maintain its 100% record after ten games. It was his first goal of the 2013–14 season.[29]

West Ham United

On 25 January 2014, Borriello signed for West Ham United on loan for the remainder of the season for €700,000.[30][31] He made only two substitute appearances for West Ham before a calf-strain injury in February marked the end of his playing time for the London-based club.[32][33]

Third spell at Genoa

After not making any appearances for Roma in the 2014–15 season, Borriello sealed a permanent return to Genoa for the third time on the final day of the January 2015 transfer window.[34][35]

Carpi and Atalanta


On 3 August 2016, Borriello joined newly promoted Cagliari on a free transfer.[36] He scored four goals on his competitive debut for the club in a 5–1 2016–17 Coppa Italia win over Serie B side SPAL on 15 August.[37]


On 19 August 2017, Borriello was signed by Serie A newcomers SPAL.[38] He only made 15 appearances with 1 goal for the club.


On 27 August 2018, Borriello was signed by Segunda Division B UD Ibiza.

International career

Borriello received his first Italy national team call-up for a friendly against Portugal, which took place on 6 February 2008 in Zürich. He replaced Luca Toni for the final 20 minutes, with Italy winning 3–1.[39] He also played in the next two friendlies, coming on as a substitute for Toni on both occasions. Borriello was included in Roberto Donadoni's Italy squad for UEFA Euro 2008 but did not play.[40] He was also in Marcello Lippi's 28-man provisional 2010 FIFA World Cup squad but was not included in the 23-man final squad.[41]

Style of play

A dynamic left-footed striker, Borriello is primarily known for his eye for goal, as well as his strength, ability in the air, and heading accuracy, which enables him to function as a target-man; being a commanding aerial presence, and possessing a powerful shot, he is also gifted acrobatically, and has a penchant for scoring goals from volleys.[42][43][44][45] His solid technique and powerful physique also aid him in holding up the ball and laying it off for his teammates when playing with his back to goal.[46][47][48] A hard-working player, while he is mainly known for operating in the penalty area, he has also drawn praise for his defensive contribution off the ball and willingness to track back.[42][49][50]

Personal life

Borriello grew up in the area of San Giovanni a Teduccio in Naples. His father was killed by the camorra when Marco was still a child[51] and he was raised along with siblings Fabio (who was also a footballer) and Piergiorgio by his mother Margherita.[52]

Off the pitch, Borriello has often attracted attention in the media due to his high-profile relationships;[42][53] from August 2004 to December 2008, he dated ArgentineItalian showgirl Belén Rodríguez.[54]

Career statistics



Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Domestic
Treviso 2000–01 Serie B 000000
2001–02 Serie C1 27 10313[lower-alpha 1]13312
Total 271031313312
Triestina (loan) 2000–01 Serie C2 914[lower-alpha 2]1132
Milan 2002–03 Serie A 30211061
2003–04 Serie A 40601000110
2006–07 Serie A 912230143
Total 16110350314
Empoli (loan) 2002–03 Serie A 121121
Reggina (loan) 2004–05 Serie A 30221323
Sampdoria (loan) 2005–06 Serie A 1121020142
Treviso (loan) 2005–06 Serie A 205205
Genoa 2007–08 Serie A 3519203719
Milan 2008–09 Serie A 71001182
2009–10 Serie A 291410513515
2010–11 Serie A 10000010
Total 371510624417
Roma 2010–11 Serie A 341142844617
2011–12 Serie A 70001080
2013–14 Serie A 1110000111
2014–15 Serie A 00000000
Total 521242946518
Juventus (loan) 2011–12 Serie A 13240172
Genoa (loan) 2012–13 Serie A 2812002812
West Ham (loan) 2013–14 Premier League 20000020
Genoa 2014–15 Serie A 800080
Carpi 2015–16 Serie A 12421145
Atalanta 2015–16 Serie A 15400154
Cagliari 2016–17 Serie A 3616143720
2017–18 Serie A 001010
Total 3616243820
SPAL 2017–18 Serie A 15110161
Ibiza 2018–19 Segunda División B 7070
Milan total 5316113112007521
Genoa total 7131207331
Career total 385107451222672446127

1European Competitions include the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/Europa League, and UEFA Super Cup.

2Other Tournaments include the FIFA Club World Cup, Intercontinental Cup, Supercoppa Italiana, EFL Cup, Coppa Italia Lega Pro, Sere C1 Play-offs and Serie C2 Play-offs.

  1. 2 appearances in the 2001–02 Serie C1 Play-offs, and 1 appearance and 1 goal in the 2001–02 Coppa Italia Serie C
  2. All appearances in the 2000–01 Serie C2 Play-offs


Appearances and goals by national team and year[2][55]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Italy 200830







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