83 Facts About Roberto Baggio

1. Roberto Baggio has have thousand of fans and supporters in Italy.

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2. Roberto Baggio was born a Roman Catholic but converted to Nichiren Buddhism after his injury in 1985.

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3. Roberto Baggio married his long-time girlfriend Andreina Fabbi in 1989; they have a daughter, Valentina, and two sons, Mattia and Leonardo.

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4. Roberto Baggio became a global ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2005.

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5. Roberto Baggio wanted to improve the system and focus more on youth talent.

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6. In 2000, Roberto Baggio transferred to Serie A newcomers Brescia, after hopping through a few clubs.

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7. Roberto Baggio had limited playing time, made worse when his nemesis Marcello Lippi was made coach in 1999.

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8. Roberto Baggio was injured most of the time and was sidelined.

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9. Roberto Baggio played for Fiorentina for five seasons before being traded to Juventus.

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10. Roberto Baggio started his career in 1985 with Fiorentina, starting with his first Serie A and European debut in 1986, quickly became a famous player.

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11. Roberto Baggio made is Coppa Italia debut in the same year.

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12. Roberto Baggio made ranks to the main squad and made his first debut in Serie C during 1983.

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13. Roberto Baggio was born on 18 February 1967 in Caldogno, Veneto.

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14. Roberto Baggio is an Italian former football player.

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15. In 2003, Roberto Baggio was the inaugural winner of the "Golden Foot" award.

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

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17. Roberto Baggio has won two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a UEFA Cup, playing for seven different teams throughout his career.

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18. Roberto Baggio played for Italy in 56 matches, scoring 27 goals, and is the fourth highest goalscorer for his national team.

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

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20. Roberto Baggio has featured in several Diadora commercials, as he endorsed their products.

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21. Roberto Baggio has featured in two Italian commercials which reference his infamous penalty miss in the 1994 World Cup final.

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

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

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

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

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26. Roberto Baggio was awarded the 2010 Man of Peace title in Hiroshima, presented by the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in recognition of his charitable work and contribution to social justice and peace.

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27. On 16 October 2002, Roberto Baggio was named a Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Through the organisation, 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 Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her release from prison.

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28. Roberto Baggio has close ties with Argentina; he speaks Spanish and owns a ranch property in Rivera, where he enjoys hunting wild game.

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29. In 2001, Roberto Baggio wrote an autobiography entitled Una porta nel cielo, including details about his career, childhood, religion, personal life and rifts with managers.

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

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31. Roberto Baggio has scored penalties for six different Serie A clubs.

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32. Roberto Baggio is the only Italian to have scored in three World Cups.

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33. Roberto Baggio played in 16 World Cup matches for Italy; the Republic of Ireland is the only nation against which he played more than once.

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34. In 2011, Roberto Baggio was inducted into the Serie A Hall of Fame.

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35. In 2002, Roberto Baggio was elected to the FIFA World Cup Dream Team, and in 2003, he was the inaugural winner of the Golden Foot award, awarded for ability and personality.

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36. Roberto Baggio stated Baggio's playing style coincided with the re-emergence of the attacking midfielder in Italy during the early 2000s.

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37. Roberto Baggio was controversially excluded from Italy's 2002 World Cup squad by coach Giovanni Trapattoni, who believed him to not have fully recovered from the serious injury he had sustained during the season.

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

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39. Roberto Baggio stated in 2008 that he has great respect for Del Piero, and that there had never been disagreements between them.

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40. Roberto Baggio was left on the bench for the round of 16 win over Norway as Italy advanced to the quarter-finals.

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41. Roberto Baggio scored the winning goal of the match, after combining with Francesco Moriero and Filippo Inzaghi, as Italy topped their group.

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

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

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

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45. Roberto Baggio eventually lost his spot in the squad, missing out on Italy's Euro 1996 squad, despite winning the Scudetto that year with Milan.

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46. 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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47. Roberto Baggio was not fully fit for the final against Brazil at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, after pulling his hamstring during the semi-final and playing with the aid of a painkiller injection.

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48. Roberto Baggio was involved in the build-up which led to Italy's first goal by Dino Baggio.

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49. Roberto Baggio scored his first goal of the match with two minutes left on the clock, after receiving ball at the edge of the area from Roberto Mussi.

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50. Roberto Baggio helped Italy top their group and qualify for the 1994 World Cup, notably contributing to Dino Baggio's winner in the decisive final group match against Portugal.

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51. 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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52. Roberto Baggio scored Italy's first goal of the match after stealing the ball from Peter Shilton.

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53. Roberto Baggio had come off the bench in the second half for Giannini, and came close to winning the match with a free-kick, but it was saved by Sergio Goycochea.

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

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

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56. 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 il Guerin Sportivo, to the player with the highest average rating throughout the season with at least 19 appearances.

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57. Roberto Baggio scored one goal in the tournament, in the final from a penalty.

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58. Roberto Baggio helped Brescia to the final of the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup, where they were defeated by Paris Saint-Germain on away goals.

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59. Roberto Baggio ultimately transferred to Serie A newcomers Brescia, under head coach Carlo Mazzone, aiming to save them from relegation, and staying in Italy in order to have a greater opportunity of being called up for the 2002 World Cup.

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

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61. 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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62. Roberto Baggio 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.

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63. 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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64. Roberto Baggio helped Inter to a Coppa Italia semi-final, losing out to eventual winners Parma.

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65. 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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66. 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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67. Roberto Baggio chose to move to Parma, but the manager at the time, Carlo Ancelotti, impeded the transfer, as he did not feel Baggio would fit into his tactical plans.

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68. 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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69. 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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70. 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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71. Roberto Baggio claimed, "Deep in my heart I am always purple", the colour of Fiorentina.

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

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73. Roberto Baggio inherited the number 10 shirt, formerly worn by Michel Platini.

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74. 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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75. 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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76. Roberto Baggio made his Serie A debut on 21 September 1986 against Sampdoria, and he made his European debut that season on 17 September 1986, in an UEFA Cup match against Boavista.

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

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

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79. Roberto Baggio was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

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

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

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

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