Raoul Bellanova

Raoul Bellanova (born 17 May 2000) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a right back for Pescara, on loan from Bordeaux.

Raoul Bellanova
Personal information
Full name Raoul Bellanova[1]
Date of birth (2000-05-17) 17 May 2000 (age 21)[2][3]
Place of birth Rho, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[3]
Position(s) Right-back
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Bordeaux)
Number 2
Youth career
2006–2019 Milan
2019 → Milan (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2019 Milan 1 (0)
2019– Bordeaux 1 (0)
2019Milan (loan) 0 (0)
2020Atalanta (loan) 1 (0)
2020–Pescara (loan) 15 (0)
National team
2015 Italy U15 9 (0)
2015 Italy U16 3 (0)
2015–2016 Italy U17 24 (0)
2017–2019 Italy U19 21 (0)
2018–2019 Italy U20 10 (0)
2020– Italy U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 January 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2021

Early life

Bellanova was born in Rho, in the province of Milan on 17 May 2000.

Club career

Bellanova started playing at age 4, for Azzurra. In 2005 he moved to FC Parabiago, and in 2006 his contract was bought by the Milan youth team. From 2006 to 2019, Bellanova played for teams of various age groups at A.C. Milan's youth academy.

In January 2019, after failing to negotiate a desired wage, he declined a professional contract offer from Milan, opting to sign for Bordeaux instead. At the request of Milan's management, he agreed to finish the season with the club's youth team, on loan from Bordeaux.[4][5]

In July 2019, Bellanova was officially presented as Bordeaux player with a contract valid through June 2023.[3] On 10 August 2019, he made his debut in senior football, playing as a starting right back in 4-2-3-1 formation against Angers SCO in the opening game of Ligue 1 2019/20 season.[6] Having made several positioning mistakes that led to three goals from his right flank, he was subbed off 63 minutes into the game by the team's coach Paulo Sousa.[7][8]

On 30 January 2020, he joined Atalanta on a 1.5-year loan with an option to purchase.[9] He made his club (and Serie A) debut on 14 July in a 6–2 win against Brescia.[10][11]

On 24 September 2020, Atalanta loaned him to Serie B club Pescara.[12]

International career

In October 2017 he played in the European Under-19 qualifiers,[13] He debuted on 4 October 2017, against Moldova, The match ended 0-4 for Italy. In November 2018 he took part in the Italian Under-20 team,[14] against Germany.

On 12 November 2020 he made his debut with the Italy U21 playing as a starter in a qualifying match won 2–1 against Iceland in Reykjavík.

Style of play

Bellanova is a physically strong, quick, fast, offensive-minded right back with good defensive positioning and reading of the game. Besides his regular position of a full back on the right flank, he can also play as a center back (in both, three and four-player defense line) or a wide midfielder in 3-5-2 formation.[15]

Personal life

On 12 October 2020 he tested positive for COVID-19.[16]


  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.
  2. Milan, A. C. "Raoul Bellanova: football player profile & stats". AC Milan.
  3. "Raoul Bellanova". Girondins.com. 31 January 2019.
  4. "Calciomercato, Milan: Bellanova al Bordeaux, cifre e dettagli dell'accordo". gianlucadimarzio.com (in Italian). Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  5. Matteo (31 January 2019). "Ufficiale: Bellanova è del Bordeaux, rimane in prestito al Milan". MilanLive.it tutte le News del Milan prima degli altri (in Italian). Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  6. https://www.ligue1.com/ligue1/feuille_match/86404/infos
  7. "Angers SCO - Girondins de Bordeaux ( 3-1 ) - Résumé - (SCO - GdB) / 2019-20" via www.youtube.com.
  8. "Paulo Sousa a répondu au peu de repli de ses latéraux : "Quand tu ne construis pas bien, c'est normal"".
  9. "RAOUL BELLANOVA ALL'ATALANTA" (Press release) (in Italian). Atalanta. 30 January 2020.
  10. "Atalanta vs. Brescia - Football Match Report - July 14, 2020 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  11. "COL BRESCIA ESORDIO IN SERIE A DI BELLANOVA" (Press release) (in Italian). Atalanta. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  12. "RAOUL BELLANOVA AL PESCARA" (Press release) (in Italian). Atalanta. 24 September 2020.
  13. "Italia Under 19: i convocati per la fase Elite di qualificazione all'Europeo". Calciomercato.com | Tutte le news sul calcio in tempo reale (in Italian). Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  14. "Raoul Bellanova Archivi". Giovanili Nazionali. Il calcio è dei giovani (in Italian). Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  15. Beltrame, Federico (31 October 2018). "Raoul Bellanova, caratteristiche tecniche e ruolo".
  16. "Raoul Bellanova positivo al test #Covid19" (Press release) (in Italian). Pescara. 12 October 2020. Retrieved 13 October 2020.