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England Literally Lost To A Guy With Tattoos Of The Characters From The Movie Madagascar

Mention the phrase "Italian center back" and the first thought that will come to the minds of most football fans is the indomitable pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.

The veteran duo just led Italy to its first European Championship since 1968 and provided a masterclass in defending against some of the continent's best attacking talents. 

But in recent days, another Italian center back has been drawing his share of attention on the internet, but not for his performances on the pitch.

Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi has become popular for the ink on his right arm, which portrays most of the main characters from the popular 2005 animated movie Madagascar.

Here are some more detailed pictures from Acerbi's Instagram that show most of his cinema-inspired tattoos:

Acerbi Madagascar tattoos

Acerbi's Madagascar tattoos, featuring (from top to bottom): King Julien the Lemur, Melman the Giraffe, Alex the Lion and Mort the mini-lemur.

Acerbi Madagascar tattoos

The rest: Gloria the Hippo along with the mischievous penguins and possibly Marty the Zebra.

Not only did Acerbi help lead Italy to an international trophy (he played in three games after Chiellini was hurt), he also deserves an award for best tattoos.

His body is a canvas of random art, and nothing exemplifies this more than having characters from Madagascar tattooed up and down his right arm. 

Acerbi also deserves some props for defeating testicular cancer back in 2013, which inspired the lion tattoo on his chest. All in all, a stand up guy.

Acerbi's ink

And of course, for your viewing pleasure:

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