9-1-1978. Italian midfield terrier Gennaro Gattuso was born on this day in 1978. Gattuso, nicknamed ‘The Snarler‘, began his career at Perugia, making his debut at the age of seventeen. After two seasons and 10 league appearances he was signed by Rangers. Walter Smith’s team also included Paul Gagscoigne. Gattuso fell out of favour with Dick Advocaat who replaced Smith in charge at Ibrox and Gattuso returned to Italy.
He was signed by newly promoted Salernitana, located in the south west of Italy, for a fee of £4m. After only 25 games he was bought by his current club AC Milan for £8m. In his twelve seasons at the San Siro he has made 380 league appearances, won a Serie A title in 2003-4 and two Champions League trophies in 2003 and 2007.
He made his first appearance for the Italian national team in 2000. The year he scored his only international goal, against England in a 1-0 friendly victory in Turin. He has represented Italy 70 times and was part of the World Cup winning team in Germany in 2006.
The Snarler opened a fish shop in Gallarate in January 2010. Sales of haddock and cod got off to a flying start thanks to the presence of Milan team mates David Beckham and Rohaldinho.