Roberto Baggio can be described as an Italian former professional footballer. He was born on February 18, 1967, and he normally played as a second striker, or as an attacking midfielder.
Even though he normally played as a second striker, or as an attacking midfielder, he could also play in offensive positions. Roberto Baggio served as the president of the technical sector of the Italian Football Federation.
He was known for his curling free-kicks, dribbling skills, and goalscoring abilities. Roberto Baggio is generally considered one of the greatest players of all time and in 1999, he placed fourth in the FIFA Player of the Century internet poll. He was named for the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002.
It must be noted that Roberto Baggio won the award for FIFA World Player of the Year in 1993 and in 1994, he won the Ballon d’Or. Subsequently in 2004, Roberto Baggio by Pelé in the FIFA 100, a list of the world’s greatest living players. He played for the Italian national team and he played a total of 56 matches.
He scored 27 goals and he was the joint fourth-highest goalscorer for his national team, alongside Alessandro Del Piero. He was a member of the Italian team that placed third at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and he scored twice. He also the Italian team to the finals of the 1994 World Cup. Roberto Baggio won the award for the World Cup Silver Ball and was named to the World Cup All-Star Team.
Roberto Baggio also represented Italy at the 1998 World Cup. He scored twice but unfortunately Italy was eliminated in the quarter-finals by France who eventually won the tournament. Roberto Baggio is noted to be the only Italian to have scored in three World Cups.
He also holds the record for most goals scored in World Cup tournaments for Italy, along with Paolo Rossi and Christian Vieri with nine goals. Roberto Baggio became the first Italian player in more than 50 years to have scored a total of 300 career goals and he is the fifth-highest scoring Italian in all competitions with 318 goals.
Roberto Baggio Brothers and Sisters
Roberto Baggio has a lot of brothers and sisters. They are Gianna, Walter, Carla, Giorgio, Anna Maria, Nadia, and Eddy.
It must be noted that Eddy is also a professional soccer player who was named after Eddy Merckx, a cycling icon. Eddy played 86 matches in Serie B.
The parents of Roberto Baggio are Matilde and Florindo Baggio, and he was born in Caldogno, Veneto.