Marco Verratti has signed for Qatari side Al-Arabi SC, after 11 years at French Ligue 1 side, Paris Saint-Germain.
Verratti began his football journey in the youth academy of Delfino Pescara in 2005, his hometown club. At the age of just 16, he made his debut for Pescara’s first team in a Coppa Italia match in August 2008.
He quickly established himself as a regular starter for Pescara, especially after the club’s promotion to Serie B.
In 2012, at the age of 19, the midfielder made a significant move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
During his time at PSG, Verratti became a fan favorite due to his exceptional technique and playing style. In his first season, he was a consistent starter and contributed to the team’s success, including winning the Ligue 1 title in 2013.
He enjoyed immense success at PSG, winning numerous trophies, including Ligue 1 titles, the Coupe de France, and the Coupe de la Ligue. He also won the domestic treble in 2015 and 2016.
With 30 trophies to his name, the Italian became the most decorated player in both PSG’s history and the history of the French top flight. He also became the second-highest appearance maker in the club’s history.
“I’ve been very proud to play for Paris Saint-Germain for over a decade, to rub shoulders with so many great players and to win 30 trophies,” the player said.
“The club and its fans will always hold a very special place in my heart. I’ll forever be a Parisian,” Verratti declared.