Alberto Aquilani was born in Rome on 7th July 1984. He spent his youth career with Roma and made his Serie A debut with the Giallorossi on 10th May 2003, aged 18. He was then loaned to Triestina in Serie B for a year, before rejoining Roma, where he stayed for five seasons. In the Italian capital, Aquilani won two Coppa Italia trophies and also a Supercoppa Italiana title. After his long spell at Roma, Aquilani then enjoyed various stints with Liverpool, Juventus, AC Milan, Fiorentina and Sporting Clube de Portugal. As for the latest 2016-17 Serie A season, the midfielder featured for both Pescara and Sassuolo.
Aquilani represented Italy at all youth levels, from Under-15s to Under-21. He then made his debut for the senior team in a friendly against Turkey on 15th November 2006, aged 22. Former Azzurri coach Roberto Donadoni handed Aquiliani his debut and also included him in the 23-man squad for then 2008 European Championship held in Austria and Switzerland. He scored his first Azzurri goals under Marcello Lippi, as he netted a brace against Montenegro during an important 2010 World Cup qualifier held on 15th October 2008. Aquilani also made the squad for the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup, both of which were held in Brazil.