Matteo Gabbia

Matteo Gabbia (born 21 October 1999) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Milan.

Matteo Gabbia
Personal information
Full name Matteo Gabbia[1]
Date of birth (1999-10-21) 21 October 1999 (age 21)
Place of birth Busto Arsizio, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Number 46
Youth career
2012–2017 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Milan 17 (0)
2018–2019Lucchese (loan) 29 (1)
National team
2014–2015 Italy U16 13 (3)
2015–2016 Italy U17 17 (2)
2016–2017 Italy U18 4 (4)
2016–2018 Italy U19 21 (3)
2018–2019 Italy U20 15 (0)
2019– Italy U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:18, 10 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:22, 31 March 2021 (UTC)

Club career


12-year old Matteo Gabbia joined A.C. Milan's youth academy in 2012.

A Milan's youth academy graduate, Gabbia received his first ever call-up to the senior team by head coach Vincenzo Montella ahead of a home Serie A game against Roma played on 7 May 2017; he, however, remained an unused substitute. He made his first appearance for the club on 24 August 2017 in a Europa League qualifier against Shkëndija as a 73rd-minute substitute for Manuel Locatelli.[2]

Loan to Lucchese

On 31 August 2018, Gabbia was loaned to Serie C club Lucchese on a season-long loan deal.[3] On 16 September he made his Serie C debut in a 1–0 home defeat against Arezzo, he played the entire match.[4] Eleven days later, on 27 September, he scored his first professional goal for Lucchese in the 47th minute of a 2–2 home draw against Carrarese.[5] Gabbia ended his season-long loan to Lucchese with 30 appearances, all as a starter, he was replaced only 2 times, and he scored 1 goal.[6]

Return to Milan

Gabbia stayed with Milan for the 2019–20 season as squad player behind Alessio Romagnoli, Mateo Musacchio, and Simon Kjær. On 15 January 2020, he played in the 3–0 victory against SPAL in the Coppa Italia, coming on as a substitute for Simon Kjær in the 82nd minute.[7] He made his league debut on 17 February 2020 in a 1–0 home victory against Torino, again as a substitute for Kjær in the 44th minute.[8]

International career

He represented Italy at the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, they did not advance from the group stage.

He played in two group-stage games for Italy U19 at the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, where Italy was the runner-up. Then with the Italy U20 he took part in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

He made his debut with the Italy U21 on 6 September 2019, in a friendly match won 4–0 against Moldova.

Style of play

Gabbia has been described as a versatile player. Having started his youth career as a defensive and a central midfielder, he later switched to deeper roles, such as a centre-back, in either a three or a four-man defensive line. Besides his ball-winning abilities, Gabbia also retains playmaking attributes and tends to join the attacking play when opportunities present themselves.[9]

Personal life

On 9 October 2020, it was announced that Gabbia tested positive for COVID-19 amid its pandemic in Italy.[10]

Career statistics


As of match played 10 April 2021
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 2017–18 Serie A 00001[lower-alpha 1]010
2019–20 9010100
2020–21 80005[lower-alpha 1]0130
Total 1701060240
Lucchese (loan) 2018–19 Serie C 291001[lower-alpha 2]0301
Career total 461106010541
  1. All appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League.
  2. All appearance(s) in Serie C play-offs.


Italy U19
Italy U20


  1. "FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019: List of Players: Italy" (PDF). FIFA. 13 June 2019. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Shkëndija - Milan game report". UEFA. 24 August 2017.
  3. "UFFICIALE: Lucchese, dal Milan arriva il jolly Gabbia -". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  4. "Game Report by Soccerway". Soccerway. 16 September 2018.
  5. "Lucchese vs. Carrarese - 27 September 2018 - Soccerway". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  6. "Italy - M. Gabbia - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  7. ""Milan vs. SPAL - 15 January 2020 - Soccerway"". Soccerway. 15 January 2020.
  8. ""Fixtures and Results - Season 2019-20 - 24ª Match Day"". Lega Serie A. 17 February 2020.
  10. "Milan: Gabbia has COVID-19". Football Italia. 9 October 2020.
  11. "Portugal win epic U19 EURO final". Union of European Football Associations. 29 July 2018.
  12. "Mina sparks historic finish for Ecuador". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 June 2019.