|Current Team:||Cagliari Calcio|
|Birth Day:||November 26, 1988|
|Birth Place:||Livorno, Italy|
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His youth career first began with the Gruppo Sportivo CNFO academy. In 2006, he began his senior career with the Armando Picchi club where he scored 16 goals throughout his time with the club.
Leonardo Pavoletti plays for the team Cagliari Calcio
|#3||Radja Nainggolan||32||N/A||3.2 million EUR (2016)||Belgium|
|#4||Ragnar Klavan||35||N/A||2.006 million USD (2011)||Estonia|
After making only two appearances in Serie A for Sassuolo during the beginning of the 2013–14 season, on 2 September 2013, the last day of the Italian transfer window, Pavoletti joined Serie B side Varese on loan.
On 2 September 2013, Pavoletti went on loan to Varese with the right of purchasing his rights at the end of the season. He made his debut six days later, in a 3–0 away victory against Latina in the third game of the 2013–14 Serie B season, also marking the occasion by scoring the final goal of match. In the following game he scored a brace, this time at the expense of Pescara in a 3–2 defeat. He finished the season with 36 appearances and 25 goals, with four of them against Novara Calcio in the relegation playoffs after Varese finished 18th, with Pavoletti scoring a brace in a 2–0 victory and then a 2–2 draw to win 4–2 on aggregate to keep Varese in Serie B and condemning Novara Calcio to relegation. With 24 goals, including 4 in the playoffs, he finished as the second-highest goalscorer in Serie B, behind only Trapani striker Matteo Mancosu, who scored 26 goals.
On 17 June 2014, Varese exercised their option and signed 50% of the player's rights from Sassuolo in a co-ownership deal for a reported €800,000 fee. However, the following day, on 18 June, Sassuolo immediately bought back the full rights to the player, for €400,000 net.
Pavoletti's form during 2013–14 season for Varese reportedly alerted the attention of Steaua Bucharest, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Leeds United. Pavoletti turned down a last minute transfer deadline deal on 31 August 2014 to Leeds United deciding to stay at Sassuolo where he would compete for places up front with highly rated strikers Simone Zaza, Nicola Sansone and Domenico Berardi.
On 13 December 2014, Pavoletti scored his first Serie A goal in Sassuolo's 2–1 loss against Palermo.
After making 8 Serie A appearances, mainly as a substitute, towards the end of December 2014, Pavoletti was again linked with a move to English side Leeds United, he also attended Leeds' 2–0 loss against Wigan Athletic on 26 December, sitting alongside Leeds Sporting Director Nicola Salerno, Pavoletti also attended Leeds' training ground, ahead of an anticipated loan move in January 2015.
On 29 January 2015, after turning down a loan move to Leeds United, Pavoletti joined fellow Serie A side Genoa on loan for free, with an option to purchase. In the same deal Francesco Acerbi moved in the opposite direction outright, for an additional €1.8 million, as well as Lorenzo Ariaudo moved to Genoa on loan. Pavoletti had a successful spell scoring 6 goals in 10 Serie A games for Genoa. On 7 July 2015, Genoa signed Pavoletti for €4 million transfer fee.
On 27 August 2016, Pavoletti was called up to the Italy senior squad by manager Gian Piero Ventura for a friendly against France on 1 September and a 2018 World Cup qualification match on 5 September against Israel.
On 2 January 2017, Pavoletti joined Serie A club Napoli, for a reported fee of €18 million.
On 30 August 2017, Pavoletti joined Cagliari on loan, with an obligation to buy at the end of season, for €10 million plus bonuses, making him the club's most expensive acquisition ever. He signed a 1+4-year contract, which included a €1 million annual salary plus bonuses. He made his club debut on 11 September against Crotone in a 1–0 home victory, and scored his first goal for the club in a 2–3 loss at home to his former club Genoa on 15 October. He finished his first season with the club with 11 goals in 33 appearances in Serie A, nine of which were headers, the most headed goals scored by any player in one of Europe's major leagues throughout the 2017–18 season.
On 25 August 2019, Pavoletti was stretchered off just before half-time in an eventual 1–0 home defeat to Brescia in Cagliari's opening league match of the season; it was later revealed that he had injured the ACL and meniscus in his right knee, and would be ruled out for at least three months.
On 15 March 2019, Pavoletti received an international call up from Roberto Mancini for the team's UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Finland and Liechtenstein. On 26 March, Pavoletti made his debut for the national team, also scoring his first goal, the final goal of a 6–0 home win over Liechtenstein.
Currently, Leonardo Pavoletti is 33 years, 0 months and 4 days old. Leonardo Pavoletti will celebrate 34th birthday on a Saturday 26th of November 2022.
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