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Bonucci speaks on his biggest regret of his career following the European title win

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JULY 02: Leonardo Bonucci of Italy celebrates scoring his team's first goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Germany and Italy at Stade Matmut Atlantique on July 2, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

34-year-old center-back Leonardo Bonnuci has recently opened up on his biggest regret as a footballer player. After the �Azzurri� defender and his partner in crime, Giorgio Chiellini, helped Italy beat England in the penalty shootout to win the European title. However, despite Bonnuci�s impressive EURO 2020, his biggest regret occurred in the previous European tournament in France. During a crucial quarterfinal game against a strong German side.

“My regret is my second penalty against Germany at the Euro 2016. That�s something I�ll regret my whole life”

Leonardo Bonucci
ROME, ITALY - JUNE 16: Leonardo Bonnuci of Italy warms up prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group A match between Italy and Switzerland at Olimpico Stadium on June 16, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Alberto Lingria - Pool/Getty Images)
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The penalty took place in a penalty shootout on July 2nd, 2016. Bonucci had already scored a crucial penalty in the 78th minute to level the game against the 2014 world champions. Nevertheless, Bonucci�s penalty in the shootout was saved by Manuel Neuer. Resulting in Italy�s elimination from the tournament in the quarterfinals. Italy then failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. However, the signing of Mancini in 2018 has helped them remain undefeated for 34 straight games. Leonardo Bonucci has been a big part of that achievement.

Despite his penalty miss in the EURO 2016, Bonucci redeemed himself in penalty shootouts against Spain and England. In addition, Bonucci was named the Man of the Match in the Euro final after a clinical defensive performance and a late second-half goal. His performances at this year’s Euros have earned him a spot in the EURO 2020 team of the tournament.

Bonucci, who turns 35 next year, will shift his focus to Juventus and Serie A as he looks to aid the team to regain their place at the top of the Italian league. Juventus placed 4th last season and conceded 38 goals in Serie A. As for Bonucci, he took part in 24 games and scored two goals. The Italian defender will remain at Juventus until the next European tournament in 2024.

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