Offbeat — 13 December 2013


Roberto Baggio is a retired football player from Italy who has also remained the president of the FIGC Technical Sector. This 46-year-old former footballer used to play at forward and midfielder positions. Roberto Baggio was brilliant with his game, and this brought him a huge followership by football fans and players. People still regard him as one of the greatest players of the game. When FIFA created its World Cup Dream Team, Roberto Baggio was an obvious choice to be included in the team. This wonderful man has also bagged great titles and awards, including the FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or or Golden Ball.

When FIFA celebrated its 100th anniversary, Roberto Baggio was again named as one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers. His goalscoring records themselves speak for his popularity among people. He is the only Italian footballer to have scored in three different World Cups. He is also the most scoring Italian footballer in World Cup matches. Roberto Baggio was a versatile player of the game of football. When the Italian national team played the 1990 World Cup match, he was the one to shine.


The 1994 FIFA World Cup was a career high for Roberto Baggio where he led his team to the finals and also won the World Cup Silver Boot and Silver Ball for himself. He also scored brilliantly during his club career. People were not only crazy about his game, but also about his special ponytail hairstyle. He was lovingly called by his fans as Il Divin’ Codino (The Divine Ponytail). Roberto Baggio has also been fighting for human rights. The Noble Peace Prize Laureates gave him the Man of Peace award for the same. Being a kind soul, Roberto Baggio has always been one of the most beloved football players.


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