Paolo Ponzo was signed by Modena in 2000, his second Serie C1 club. He followed the team promoted to Serie B as Serie C1 champion and promoted to Serie A as Serie B runner-up. From 2002 to 2004, he played 43 Serie A matches. He made his Serie A debut on 14 September 2002, losing to A.C. Milan 0–3. He followed the team relegated back to Serie B in 2004. Paolo Ponzo died of a heart attack during the Maremontana running race on March 24t 2013. Paolo Ponzo was nicknamed Muratore (Bricklayer) by Modena’s fans. At the Braglia Stadium (Modena F.C. Stadium) was positioned a tribute plaque with written “Al Muratore…e’stato bello vederti correre per noi” – “Bricklayer…it was great seeing you running for us”.