Italy's standing in football might have deterioted in recent times after the national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but under Roberto Mancini they are showing signs of resurgence. A true test of their credentials will come in the upcoming European Championships set to take place this year, after it was postponed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here, we take a look at the five most valuable players from Italy at present.
1. Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) - €60m
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That Gianluigi Donnarumma has made more than 200 appearances for AC Milan despite being 21-years-old goes to show just how highly rated and talented he is. The goalkeeper has been tipped to break all of the records set by the legendary, Gianluigi Buffon and it will be interesting to see how his career progresses in the future.
2. Marco Verratti (PSG) - €60m
Widely hailed as one of the best midfielders of his generation and compared to the legendary, Andrea Pirlo - Marco Verratti has been a brilliant presence for Paris Saint-Germain ever since he moved to France in 2012. The 28-year-old has not had the opportunity to display his talent on the international stage and he will get that opportunity in the upcoming Euros.
3. Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan) - €55m
Nicolo Barella has rapidly emerged as one of the best young midfielders in the world and one who is touted to be the future of both club and country. The 23-year-old has already made 18 appearances for Italy, and will no doubt add a lot more to that tally in the future.
4. Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan) - €50m
A defender who has all the tools in his kitty to follow in the footsteps of the legendary ones before him is Alessandro Bastoni, who has impressed on a regular basis for Inter Milan. The 21-year-old is another who has been tipped for greatness and will be expected to become the backbone of the defence for both club and country going forward.
5. Jorginho (Chelsea) - €50m
Jorginho might have his critics, but there is no doubt that he has been one of the best players for Chelsea and prior to that was extremely impressive for Napoli. Capable of playing as a deep-lying midfielder or in a more offensive role, the 29-year-old is known for his passing ability and is an excellent penalty taker. He will be key to Italy's hopes in the upcoming Euros.