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Leonardo Bonucci becomes Fenerbahçe’s 4th Italian player in history

Fenerbahçe made its first addition of the mid-season transfer period with experienced defender Leonardo Bonucci. The seasoned center-back has become Fenerbahçe's 4th Italian footballer in the club's history.

, who joined the club from Germany's Union Berlin, has now become the 188th foreign player in the club's history.

Fenerbahçe previously signed Ranço as its first Italian footballer, followed by Baldini.

In the 2022-2023 season, Fenerbahçe also added Brazilian-Italian Joao Pedro to its squad.

Fenerbahçe, with the addition of Leonardo Bonucci, has completed its 188th foreign player transfer.

First transfer of the mid-season

Leonardo Bonucci is the first player Fenerbahçe acquired in the winter transfer window.

As the 92nd transfer during President Ali Koç's term, the Italian player has emerged as the yellow-navy team's initial move during the mid-2023 season.

Bonucci's 9th club is Fenerbahçe

By signing with Fenerbahçe, Leonardo Bonucci has chosen his 9th team in his professional career.

Starting his career in 2005 with Viterbese in his home country, Bonucci later joined Inter's U19 team. Rising to the first team level here, the Italian defender subsequently played for Treviso, Pisa, Genoa, Bari, Juventus, Milan, and Union Berlin.

Achieving the pinnacle with Juventus

Leonardo Bonucci reached the pinnacle of world football in his career with Juventus.

Long considered among the best defenders, Bonucci displayed his most consistent period while playing for Juventus.

Fenerbahçe's foreign players

The list of Fenerbahçe's 188 players included, among others, Leonardo Bonucci:

Brazil (28): Gerson Candido, Sergio Nerves, Reinaldo Simao, Cerqueria Washington, Fabio Luciano, Marco Aurelio, Marcio Nobre, Fabiano Rodriquez, Alex de Souza, Eduardo Luis Abonizi de Souza “Edu”, Deivid de Souza, Roberto Carlos, Bilica, Cristian Baroni, Andre Santos, Diego Ribas, Fabiano Ribeiro, Fernandao, Josef de Souza, Giuliano, Jailson Marques Siqueira, Luiz Gustavo, Luan Peres, Lincoln Henrique, Willian Arao, Gustavo Henrique, Rodrigo Becao, Fred Rodrigues

Yugoslavia (17): Asım Ferhadovic, Vasille Radovic, Lazar Lemic, Stevano Ostojovic, Radomir Antic, Radmilo İvançevic, İbrahim Begovic, Suat Karalic, Fahruddin Zeynelovic, Srebrenko Repcic, Dusan Pesic, Zvan Lukovcan, Fadıl Vokri, Miroslav Tanjga, Nikola Lazetic, Zoran Mirkovic, Miroslav Stevic.

Germany (8): Wilhelm Kohlhammer, Körner, Tony Schumacher, Andreas Wagenhaus, Robert Enke, Max Kruse, Mergim Berisha, Max Meyer

Netherlands (7): Pierre van Hooijdonk, Dirk Kuyt, Robin Van Persie, Van der Wiel, Jeremain Lens, Vincent Janssen, Jayden Oosterwolde

Senegal (7): Mamadou Niang, Issiar Dia, Moussa Sow, Abdoulaye Ba, Mame Thiam, Papiss Cisse, Lamine Diack

Portugal (7): Manuel Dimas, Raul Meireles, Bruno Alves, Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha (Nani), Luis Neto, Miguel Crespo, Bruma

Denmark (6): Henrik Nielsen, Brian Steen Nielsen, Frank Pingel, Jes Högh, Simon Kjaer, Zanka

Greece (6): Jean Boris, Constantin Boris, Tripo, Apostol Nikoliadis, Koça Negroponti, Dimitrios Pelkas.

Nigeria (6): Uche Okechukwu, Augustine Okocha, Joseph Yobo, Emmanuel Emenike, Victor Moses, Bright Osayi-Samuel

Romania (5): Ion Nunweiler, Ilie Datcu, Mircea Sasu, Sabin Ilie, Viorel Moldovan.

Ghana (5): Samuel Johnson, Yaw Preko, Stephen Appiah, Andre Ayew, Alexander Djiku

Switzerland (4): Gustav Haenni, Reto Ziegler, Michael Frey, Kemal Ademi

Serbia (4): Mateja Kezman, Milos Krasic, Lazar Markovic, Dusan Tadic

Egypt (4): Hüseyin, Kamil, Faid, Fayed

Italy (4): Ranço, Baldini, Joao Pedro, Leonardo Bonucci

Argentina (3): Ariel Ortega, Jose Sosa, Diego Perotti

Russia (3): Ivan Viscnevski, Vladimir Beschastnykh, Roman Neustaedter

Bulgaria (3): Stonimir Stoilov, Emil Kostadinov, Ivailo Petkov

Cameroon (3): Henri Bienvenu, Pierre Webo, Carlos Kameni

Spain (3): Daniel Güiza, Josico, Roberto Soldado

France (3): Nicolas Anelka, Mathieu Valbuena, Adil Rami

Uruguay (3): Diego Lugano, Mauricio Lamos, Diego Rossi

Poland (3): Czeslaw Jakolcewicz, Piotr Soczynski, Sebastian Szymanski

England (3): Horace Armitage, Dalian Robert Atkinson, Ryan Kent

Croatia (3): Milan Rapaiç, Stjepan Tomas, Dominik Livakovic

Morocco (2): Aatıf Chahechouhe, Nabil Dirar

Ukraine (2): Sergei Rebrov, Oleksandr Karavaiev

Albania (2): Bahri Kaya, Süleyman Vafi

Algeria (2): İslam Slimani, Yassine Benzia

Sweden (2): Kenneth Andersson, Samuel Holmen

Slovakia (2): Miroslav Stoch, Martin Skrtel

Chile (2): Claudio Maldonado, Mauricio Isla

Iran (2): Hossein Sadaghiani, Allahyar Sayyadmanesh

Slovenia (2): Dzoni Novak, Miha Zajc

Guinea (2): Süleyman Oulare, Simon Falette

Czech Republic (2): Michal Kadlec, Filip Novak

Hungary (2): Zobel, Attila Szalai

Macedonia (2): Eljif Elmas, Ezgjan Alioski

Bosnia and Herzegovina (2): Demir Hotic, Edin Dzeko

South Africa (1): John Moshoeu

Israel (1): Haim Revivo

Mexico (1): Diego Reyes

Kosova (1): Vedat Muric

Cape Verde (1): Garry Rodrigues

Ecuador (1): Enner Valencia

Congo (1): Marcel Tisserand

Tanzania (1): Mbwana Samatta

South Korea (1): Min-jae Kim

Sierra Leone (1): Steven Caulker

Belgium (1): Michy Batshuayi

Norway (1): Joshua King

Players who acquired Turkish citizenship and then transferred were not considered in the evaluation. Therefore, Bosnian players Baliç and Boliç are not included in the assessment.

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