Former Inter Milan Legend Marco Materazzi is close in signing for Indian Super League Franchisee Chennai Titans.
If Reports are to be believed, Materazzi will take on the dreaded mantle of player-cum-manager, in the Abhishek Bachchan co-owned franchisee. However there is no Official Statement made by the club via their Twitter Handle or other sources.
Initially Materazzi played wandered with various Italian teams in Serie B and Serie C, and with Everton in the Premier League. He spent two periods with Perugia (1995–98 and 1999–2001) and signed subsequently for Italian Giants Internazionale, in 2001 for €10 million.
Materazzi earned 42 caps for Italy from his debut in 2001 until 2008, playing in two World Cups and two European Championships. He was one of the protagonists turned antagonist of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final against France, as he scored Italy’s goal and later in extra time, received a headbutt from Zinedine Zidane which was punished with a red card. Italy then went on to win the World Cup in a penalty shoot-out.
A threat in the air, Materazzi was renowned as a prolific goal-scorer for a defender as he broke the Serie A record for most goals scored by a defender in a season in the 2000–01 season, and was voted Serie A Defender of the Year for the 2006-07 season. At club level, he won a number of major honors with Inter including five Serie A league titles in a row from 2006 to 2010, one UEFA Champions League, one FIFA Club World Cup, four Coppa Italia titles, and the Supercoppa Italiana four times.He was known for his very aggressive style of play which led him to receive more than 60 yellow cards and 25 red cards throughout his playing career.
Rated Highly by both Jose Mourinho and Marcello Lippi, Materazzi is sure to inject the aggressive style of defensive play in the Chennai ranks.
Following in the footsteps of then team-mate Alessandro Del Piero, Materazzi signing for Chennai will add to the star power already present in the form of Robert Pires, Luis Garcia and Freddie Lujenberg, in the Indian Subcontinent.