Roberto Baggio Biography
Roberto Baggio is an Italian former professional footballer who played in several offensive positions but mainly as a second striker, or as an attacking midfielder.
He is also the former president of the technical sector of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all-time, Baggio is known as a technically gifted, creative playmaker and a set piece specialist, renowned for his curling free-kicks, dribbling skills, and goalscoring abilities. He came fourth in the FIFA Player of the century internet poll in 1999 and in 2002, he was chosen on the FIFA World Cup Dream Team. He was also named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or in 1993.
He participated in 56 matches for his country Italy and is the joint fourth-highest goalscorer alongside Alessandro Del Piero with 27 goals. In 2002, Baggio became the first Italian player in over 50 years to score more than 300 career goals; with 318 goals, he is the fifth-highest scoring Italian in all competitions. He also became the first player in over 30 years to score 200 goals in Serie A in 2004, and is currently the seventh-highest goalscorer of all time in Serie A, with 205 goals.
Baggio has won two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a UEFA Cup, playing for seven different Italian clubs during his career in: Vicenza, Fiorentina, Juventus, Milan, Bologna, Internazionale and Brescia. He is known as Il Divin Codino (The Divine Ponytail), for the hairstyle he wore for most of his career, as well as for his talent and for his Buddhist beliefs.
He was nominated as the Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2002. He was also the inaugural winner of the “Golden Foot” award in 2003. In recognition of his human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in 2010. In 2011, Baggio was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.
In 2001, he wrote an autobiography entitled Una porta nel cielo (“A Goal in the Sky”, but also “A Door in the Sky”), including details about his career, childhood, religion, personal life and rifts with managers. The book won the award for best football book at the 2002 Serie A Awards.
Roberto Baggio Age
The former Italian striker was born on 18 February 1967 in Caldogno, Veneto, Italy. He is 51 years old as of 2018.
Roberto Baggio Family
Baggio was born into the family of Matilde and Fiorindo Baggio as the sixth of eight siblings. Eddy Baggio, his younger brother, was also a footballer who played 86 matches in Serie B.
Roberto Baggio Wife
He married his long-time girlfriend Andreina Fabbi in 1989 in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony despite his conversion to Buddism. They have a daughter by the name Valentina, and two sons named Mattia and Leonardo.
Roberto Baggio Religion | Roberto Baggio Buddhist
The former footballer was initially a Roman Catholic who converted to Buddhism after his career threatening injury in 1985. He practices Nichiren Buddhism, and is a member of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist organisation.
Roberto Baggio Fiorentina
In 1985, Baggio was purchased by Fiorentina for a fee of £1.5 million. Despite initial injuries, Baggio became extremely popular during his time at the club, and is regarded as one of the club’s best ever players. Fiorentina finished in fifth place in Serie A in his first season with the club, and reached the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, with Baggio making his club debut in the competition.
On 21st September 1986, he made his Serie A debut against Sampdoria, and he also made his European debut that season on 17 September 1986, in an UEFA Cup match against Boavista.
During the 1989–90 season, Fiorentina were struggling against relegation but Baggio led the club to the 1990 UEFA Cup Final, only to be defeated by Juventus, his future club. He scored 1 goal in 12 appearances in the competition, in the round of 16, a 1–0 home win against Dynamo Kyiv, from a penalty, on 22 November 1989; this was his first goal in European competitions.
He also scored the decisive penalty in the first round shootout against Atlético Madrid. Baggio was the second-highest goalscorer in the 1989–90 Serie A season with 17 goals, after Marco van Basten, and was awarded the Bravo Award as the best under-23 player in European competitions. He also placed eighth in the 1990 Ballon d’Or. With Fiorentina, Baggio scored 55 goals in 136 appearances, 39 of which were in Serie A, from 94 appearances.
Roberto Baggio Juventus
Baggio was sold to Juventus in 1990, for £8 million, the world record transfer for a footballer at the time. He inherited the number 10 shirt, formerly worn by Michel Platini. He scored 115 goals in 200 appearances during his five seasons at Juventus; 78 were scored in Serie A in 141 appearances. In 1995, Baggio was nominated for the Ballon d’Or and placed fifth in the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year Award.
He was also awarded the 1995 Onze d’Argent Award, behind George Weah. Baggio is currently Juventus’ ninth-highest goalscorer in all competitions, and is the joint tenth-highest goalscorer for Juventus in Serie A, alongside Pietro Anastasi. He is the sixth-highest Juventus goalscorer in the Coppa Italia with 14 goals, and the joint fourth all-time Juventus goalscorer in European and international competitions with 22 goals, alongside Anastasi. In 2010, he was named one of the club’s 50 greatest legends.
Roberto Baggio Milan
Baggio played for AC Milan from 1995-1997 where he was sold for £6.8 million, amidst several protests from Juventus fans. At the time, Baggio had been linked with Internazionale, Real Madrid and English Premier League clubs Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers.
Although Baggio initially struggled with injuries at the beginning of his first season with Milan, he came back into the starting line-up and was appointed the main penalty taker. He helped Milan win the Serie A title, notably scoring a goal against his former team Fiorentina from a penalty in the title-deciding match.
Baggio finished the season with 10 goals in all competitions, in 34 appearances; 7 of his goals were scored in Serie A, in 28 appearances, and he also provided 10 assists in Serie A. He became one of the six players to win the Scudetto in consecutive years with different teams, and was voted the club’s best player of the season by the fans, despite playing a more creative role.
During his time at Milan, Baggio scored 19 goals in 67 appearances in all competitions; 12 of his goals were scored in Serie A, in 51 appearances, 3 were scored in the Coppa Italia in 6 appearances, and 4 were scored in European competitions, in 10 appearances.
Roberto Baggio Inter
After the 1998 World Cup, Baggio signed with his favourite childhood club Internazionale in order to compete in the UEFA Champions League. However, this proved to be an unfortunate move, as after injuries, disappointing results and several managerial changes throughout the season, Baggio struggled to gain playing time, and was used out of position as a winger. He scored 5 goals and provided 10 assists in 23 appearances during the 1998–99 season, as Inter finished in eighth place, missing out on a European spot. He helped Inter to a Coppa Italia semi-final, losing out to eventual winners Parma.
In the 1999–2000 season, Baggio’s former manager at Juventus, Marcello Lippi, was appointed as Inter’s new coach. Lippi did not favour Baggio and left him out of the squad for most of the season, stating Baggio was out of shape. was used scarcely and often as a substitute, scoring only 4 goals in 18 appearances during the regular Serie A season.
He made five appearances in the Coppa Italia, with his only goal coming against local rivals Milan in the second leg of the quarter-finals, as he helped Inter reach the final, only to be defeated by Lazio. Despite his limited playing time, Baggio still managed several important goals to help Inter to a fourth-place finish. His last important contribution to Inter was scoring two memorable goals against Parma in the play-off match for the last remaining Champions League place, which Inter won 3–1.
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Roberto Baggio Transfers
All the player’s transfers.
|2004/2005||Jul 1, 2004||Brescia||Retired||–||–|
|2000/2001||Jul 1, 2000||Inter||Brescia||–||Free Transfer|
|1998/1999||Jul 1, 1998||Bologna||Inter||–||£2.25m|
|1997/1998||Jul 1, 1997||Milan||Bologna||–||Free Transfer|
|1995/1996||Jul 1, 1995||Juventus||Milan||–||£6.75m|
|1990/1991||Jul 1, 1990||Fiorentina||Juventus||–||£6.98m|
|1985/1986||Jul 1, 1985||Vicenza||Fiorentina||–||£1.13m|
|1982/1983||Jul 1, 1982||Vicenza U19||Vicenza||–||–|
Roberto Baggio Stats
|Competition||Apps||Goals||Assists||Yellow cards||Second yellows||Red cards||Minutes Played|
|Play-Out Serie A||4||3||–||–||–||–||355′|
|Champions League Qualifying||2||1||–||–||–||–||136′|
|Cup Winners’ Cup||2||1||–||1||–||–||180′|
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