It has been six special weeks to remember for Italy Men’s National Team midfielder Nicolo Barella after he capped off a golden period with the winning goal in the Azzurri‘s 2024 European Championship opener against Albania.

The Inter star struck with a magnificent effort to complete a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in Italy‘s Group B opener in Dortmund, to claim his 10th international goal in 54 appearances.

Barella has established himself as one of the first names on coach Luciano Spalletti‘s team sheet and has forged a strong partnership with clubmate Davide Frattesi in the middle, as he continues to enjoy a near-perfect 2024.

Barella the scudetto winner

The Sardinian has never hidden the fact that he is a boyhood Inter fan since completing a dream move to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on an initial loan from Cagliari in 2019, and so few will have savoured the Nerazzurri’s title-sealing victory over AC Milan in April quite as much as him.

Not only was it Barella‘s sixth successive win in the Derby della Madonnina, the victory against Milan saw Inter claim the Serie A title after a campaign that had long turned into a procession.

Barella was energetic and in control in midfield for the 77 minutes he was on the pitch as Inter claimed a 2-1 win and with it a 20th league title, whilst the former Como loanee was heavily in the mix as Simone Inzaghi‘s squad celebrated their triumph in style in Milan’s Piazza Duomo, before lifting the trophy on the final day of the season on May 19.

Whilst there was never any doubt that Barella would be included in Italy‘s squad, he still had Inter business to attend to before linking up with the Azzurri as he was rewarded with a new five-year contract to make him the highest-paid Italian player in Serie A.

Nicolo Barella celebrates scoring. (@Inter_en)

Inter man proves his fitness

Fast-forward to Italy‘s Euro 2024 campaign and Barella went into the tournament as an injury doubt after suffering a right thigh strain, but the Sardinian made a positive recovery and forced his way into the reckoning.

Following his impact against Albania, Spalletti was keen to embrace him and praised the midfielder for determination and grit, despite only returning to training two days before the match, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport. Indeed, Barella showcased his talent with a wonderful goal and a dominant display in the middle, missing just three of 105 passes.

Meanwhile, Barella has been enjoying precious moments off the pitch after the birth of his son Romeo, joining his three daughters, with his wife showing off the full family supporting Nicolo against Albania.

With a memorable season on and off the pitch to look back, Barella will be hoping to cap 2024 by leading Italy to a successive European Championship title. In Spalletti‘s squad, there is nobody quite like him and the star man is thriving on that responsibility.