To most people Roberto Baggio is the most gifted Italian player in living memory. Today is his birthday.
Known for his luxurious skill, mental strength and questionable hairstyles, the Italian made his name with Fiorentina in the late 1980s before joining Juventus.
He became an international legend when he single-handedly dragged Italy to the 1994 World Cup final.
Here are ten facts you might not have known about the Azzurri ace.
The Numbers Game
You may remember Ivan Zamorano’s eye-catching ‘1+8’ Inter shirt. Baggio was partially responsible for the unusual digit.
When he arrived at the Nerazzurri he requested his trademark No.10, which Ronaldo owned. The Brazilian agreed, but asked for Zamorano’s No.9. That prompted the Chilean to choose a stylised No.18.
Three of a Kind
What does Baggio have in common with Edgar Davids, Patrick Vieira, Christian Vieri, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Aldo Serena, Andrea Pirlo and Giuseppe Meazza?
They have all played for Juventus, AC Milan and Inter. The Divin Codino had most success during a difficult spell in Turin, winning the 1993 UEFA Cup.