Marco Parolo was born on January 25, 1985 in Gallarate, Italy. Parolo played his youth football at the A.S.C.D. Torino Club of Gallarate from 1996-1998 and the G.S. Soccer Boys of Turbigo from 1998-2001. Parolo’s route to Lazio started in Como in 2004, between 2004 and 2014, Parolo had spells with Pistoiese, Foligno, Verona, Cesena and Parma. It was not until 2010 when Parolo made his Serie A debut, he had spent most of his early career working hard to improve his game in the lower levels of Italian football, his determination during these years is testament to the player he has become. Parolo joined Lazio in the summer of 2015 on a full transfer from Parma at a fee of 5.5 million euros, his current market value is slightly higher at 6.5 million euros, due in part to the solid 2014-2015 season he is enjoying. After joining Lazio, Parolo subsequently signed a long term deal with the club and is under contract until June 2019.
Parolo fit into the Lazio starting eleven immediately and is a staple in the centre of the park for Pioli. Parolo is a tall figure, at 6’1”; he has decisive areal abilities and is a work horse from box to box. Parolo’s game is very well rounded, he works endlessly on the defensive side of the ball, chasing the opposition down to win balls back with his precise tackling. His ball distribution is also exceptional, Parolo is always looking to spring a teammate towards the oppositions net. Parolo also has an eye for goal, he currently has 3 goals in the 2014-2015 Serie A season, he sets his personal expectations for himself at eight goals per season, in order to support his team offensively. Parolo puts in a lot of minutes for Lazio and does not come off the field; him not featuring for Lazio is rare, this has only occurred once this season due to suspension from multiple bookings.
Parolo has made seven appearances for Italy on the global stage since his debut in March 2011. He has not seen much time on the pitch for Italia since Conte has taken over as manager, but he constantly travels with the team and he is one of Conte’s first choices to enter the field to replace a starting midfielder. Lazio are very fortunate to have such a quality player, all Laziali should hope that he can continue his career at Lazio until his retirement, he will never quit until his legs give out and he has the heart of a lion. Parolo is a leader on the field and brings out the best in his teammates, he is demanding yet supportive, the true qualities of a football leader. The future looks bright for Lazio with Parolo in the fold; he is a model for younger players trying to enter the first team to look up to.