During the game, I realized that Abate is definitely captain material. I like Montolivo a lot but Abate has more things that work in his favour.
Forgetting he is a player that came through our youth setup, he is also a natural leader and very passionate. I'd say our most passionate. He has experienced good and bad times here, worked alongside great leaders and players. It was him and Gattuso that sang with the curva on the day we last won the title, correct? I like that.
His defensive skills are truly underrated as well. For Italy he has constantly saved the CB's asses with last ditch tackles or blocks. He's done that a bit with us too. Great at sliding tackles. Now that we haven't sold him to Zenit for 12 mil, I hope we never sell him. He'd accept being a back up once/if that is is the fair decision, hopefully some way down the line though.
We should put a vote up on this thread. I imagined people would still vote Montolivo but he at least has to be vice captain.