Roberto Baggio was born on 18th February 1967 in Caldongo, Italy. He is a retired Italian footballer.
Biography and Career:
Roberto was born in Caldongo, a small town in the north of Vicenza in Italy. He had five siblings; Gianna, Walter, Carla, Giorgio and Anne Maria. He is the youngest of all. He always dreamt of becoming a football player.
He did not want to live without football. He played for a local youth club for almost nine years. He scored six goals in one game and seeing this, Baggio was persuaded by scout Antonio Mora to join Vicenza, a Serie C team at that time.
Baggio started his professional career in 1982 at native club Vicenza in Serie C1. He made his Serie A debut on 21st September 1986 against Sampdoria and scored his first league goal on 10
th May 1987 against Napoli in a match best remembered for Napoli winning the Scudetto for the first time in their history.
In 1990, Baggio was transferred to Juventus US $19 million, the world record transfer for a football player at the time. Following the transfer, there were full scale riots on the streets of Florence. In 1993, he won his lone European club trophy, helping Juventus to the UEFA Cup, in the final of which he scored twice.
His performances got him both the European Footballer of the Year and the FIFA World Player of the Year titles. In 1995, Baggio won his first Scudetto with Juventus.
In 1995, he was transferred to the Milanese club after strong pressure from Milan chairman Silvio Berlusconi. Milan won the Serie A title and Baggio was the first player to win the Scudetto in consecutive years with different teams. In 1997, Baggio was transferred to Bologna in order to resuscitate his career, and after scoring a personal best 22 goals that year. After the 1998 World Cup, Baggio signed with Internazionale.
After two years with Inter, he was transferred to Brescia. Baggio played with Brescia until his retirement in 2004. He played his last game on 16th May 2004 at the San Siro against Milan. At the end of his career, he has made 205 goals in Serie A, making him the fifth-highest scorer of all time behind Silvio Piola, Gunnar Nordahl, Giuseppe Meazza and Jose Altafini.
1990 FIFA World Cup was Baggio's first World Cup. He scored twice including the 'goal of the tournament' against Czechoslovakia.
Baggio was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 16th October 2002.
Baggio has played in 16 World Cup matches for Italy. He is the highest Italian goal scorer of all-time in the World Cup, with 9 goals from 16 appearances (along with Rossi and Vieri). But Baggio is the only Italian to have scored in three World Cups. In 1993, Baggio won both the Ballon D'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year.
He married Andreina Fabbri on 1st July 1989 and they have three children.
Birth Name: Roberto Baggio
Nickname: The Divine Ponytail
Height: 5' 8.5' (1.74 m)
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