58 Facts About Roberto Baggio

1. Roberto Baggio is the former president of the technical sector of the Italian Football Federation.

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2. Roberto Baggio played for Italy in 56 matches, scoring 27 goals, and is the joint fourth-highest goalscorer for his national team, alongside Alessandro Del Piero.

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3. Roberto Baggio starred in the Italian team that finished third in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, scoring twice.

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4. In 2002, Roberto Baggio became the first Italian player in over 50 years to score more than 300 career goals; he is the fifth-highest scoring Italian in all competitions with 318 goals.

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5. Roberto Baggio won two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia, and a UEFA Cup, playing for seven different Italian clubs during his career.

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6. Roberto Baggio is known as, for the hairstyle he wore for most of his career, for his talent, and for his Buddhist beliefs.

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7. Roberto Baggio was born in Caldogno, Veneto, the son of Matilde and Florindo Baggio, the sixth of eight siblings.

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8. Roberto Baggio began his youth career after being noticed by his hometown youth team, Caldogno, at age nine.

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9. Roberto Baggio was awarded the Guerin d'Oro in 1985 as the Best Player in Serie C1.

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10. Roberto Baggio helped Fiorentina finish in seventh place in Serie A and win an UEFA Cup spot, assisting the only goal by Roberto Pruzzo in the tiebreak qualifier against Roma.

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11. Roberto Baggio formed a notable attacking partnership with Stefano Borgonovo, and the pair scored 29 of Fiorentina's 44 Serie A goals, earning the nickname "B2".

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12. Roberto Baggio replied to his fans, saying: "I was compelled to accept the transfer.

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13. When Juventus played Fiorentina on 7 April 1991, Roberto Baggio refused to take a penalty, stating Fiorentina goalkeeper Gianmatteo Mareggini knew him too well.

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14. When Roberto Baggio was substituted, he picked up a Fiorentina scarf thrown onto the field, a gesture which, although appreciated by his former club's fans, caused outrage among the Juventus supporters, who were initially reluctant to accept Roberto Baggio.

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15. Juventus lost the Supercoppa Italiana against Napoli at the beginning of the season; Roberto Baggio scored Juventus's only goal from a free-kick.

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16. Roberto Baggio placed second in the 1994 Ballon d'Or, third in the 1994 FIFA World Player of the Year, and was awarded the 1994 Onze de Bronze.

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17. Roberto Baggio was injured for most of the season, being ruled out for over three months after sustaining a knee injury against Padova on 27 November 1994.

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18. In 1995, Roberto Baggio was nominated for the Ballon d'Or and placed fifth in the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year Award.

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19. Roberto 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.

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20. Roberto Baggio became one of only 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.

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21. Milan lost the 1996 Supercoppa Italiana to Fiorentina, as Roberto Baggio was left on the bench.

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22. Roberto Baggio chose to move to Parma, but the manager at the time, Carlo Ancelotti, impeded the transfer, as he did not feel Roberto Baggio would fit into his tactical plans.

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23. Roberto Baggio led Bologna to the round of 16 in the Coppa Italia, where he scored one goal in three appearances.

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24. Roberto Baggio was nominated for the 1998 Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year and Serie A Footballer of the Year awards, losing out to Alessandro Del Piero and Ronaldo, respectively.

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25. Roberto Baggio scored a goal against his former club Bologna in a European play-off match, but Inter lost both matches, failing to qualify for the UEFA Cup.

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26. Roberto Baggio was given a perfect 10 rating from the Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, which described his performance as "absolutely perfect all game".

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27. Roberto Baggio was linked with several Serie A clubs, such as Napoli and Reggina, and various Premier League and La Liga clubs, including Barcelona.

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28. Roberto Baggio was one of the best offensive playmakers in the league, winning the Guerin d'oro Award in 2001, awarded by the Italian sports magazine Guerin Sportivo, to the player with the highest average rating throughout the season with at least 19 appearances.

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29. Roberto Baggio maintained a high level of performance under new coach Gianni De Biasi.

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30. Roberto Baggio was the first player in almost 30 years to surpass the 200-goal milestone, and is currently only one of seven players to have accomplished the feat.

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31. Roberto Baggio was called up for his first World Cup tournament in 1990, on home soil.

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32. David Platt momentarily equalised, but with five minutes left on the clock, Roberto Baggio set up Schillaci, who was fouled inside the area by Paul Parker.

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33. Roberto Baggio assisted a goal by Nicola Berti in the dying minutes of the match, but it was incorrectly ruled offside.

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34. Under Sacchi, Roberto Baggio made his first and only starting appearance as Italy's captain in the 1994 World Cup qualifying match in Glasgow against Scotland on 18 November 1992.

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35. Roberto Baggio finished runner-up for the Ballon d'Or, with 136 points from a possible 245, and third place for the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1994.

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36. Sacchi justified his decision by stating Roberto Baggio was not fully fit, and that Enrico Chiesa helped the team more when possession was lost.

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37. Roberto Baggio was excluded from Cesare Maldini's Italian Olympic squad in 1996.

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38. Roberto Baggio created several chances, but Italy were unable to equalise.

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39. Roberto Baggio came on during the second half, replacing Del Piero, after the crowd had begun to chant his name.

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40. Roberto Baggio was voted Italy's Player of the Century in 2000.

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41. Prolific goalscorer, Roberto Baggio was an accurate finisher from both inside and outside the area, and was known for his accurate bending shots and composure in front of goal, rather than his power.

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42. Roberto Baggio is undoubtedly one of the names that made football great.

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43. Mazzone said of him: "Roberto Baggio was one of the greatest Italian football players of all time.

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44. Roberto Baggio is either brilliant, or he disappears, looking confused and unhappy.

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45. Roberto Baggio is less known for his acts of great success than for his injuries, his misfortunes and his courage; he is an artist in sport whose work is appreciated but no longer used in modern currency.

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46. For fans of Serie A, Roberto Baggio is recognised as the best of his generation, despite a career that was blighted by injury and clashes with his Coaches.

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47. In 2010, Roberto Baggio was named one of the 50 greatest Juventus legends.

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48. In 2015, journalists of La Gazzetta dello Sport elected the greatest Italian player of all time, with Roberto Baggio finishing in second place behind only Gianni Rivera; in a fan poll that was organised by the newspaper, Roberto Baggio was instead voted as the greatest Italian footballer of all time, while Majid Mohamed of UEFA ranked him as the twentieth-best player ever not to have won the UEFA Champions League.

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49. In Serie A, Roberto Baggio scored 17 penalties for Fiorentina, 25 for Juventus (from 28 attempts), 3 for Milan (from 5 attempts), 11 for Bologna (from 11 attempts), 1 for Inter Milan (from 2 attempts), and 11 for Brescia (from 18 attempts).

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50. In shoot-outs, Roberto Baggio converted three of four career penalties: one in the UEFA Cup with Fiorentina, and the other two with Italy at the World Cup; in World Cup shootouts, Roberto Baggio scored twice, with his only miss in 1994.

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51. On 23 January 2013, Roberto Baggio stepped down from the position, stating the federation had ignored his ideas about improving the system and focusing on youth talent, which prompted him to resign.

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52. In 2001, Roberto Baggio wrote an autobiography entitled, including details about his career, childhood, religion, personal life and rifts with managers.

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53. On 16 October 2002, Roberto Baggio was named a Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Through the organisation, Roberto Baggio helped to fund hospitals, raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, contribute to tackling bird flu, and was involved in the Burmese pro-democracy movement, which supported the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her release from prison.

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54. In 2014, Roberto Baggio was one of the many celebrities to take part in the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise awareness about the disease and funds for ALS research.

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55. On 1 September 2014, Roberto Baggio took part in the "Match for Peace", which was played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with the proceeds being donated to charity.

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56. Roberto Baggio set up Juan Iturbe's goal and scored from a Diego Maradona assist.

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57. On 25 October 2014, Roberto Baggio inaugurated in Milan the opening of the largest Buddhist temple in Europe.

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58. Roberto Baggio is popular in Japan, and has held close ties with the country since his conversion to Buddhism.

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