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Roberto Baggio
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Personal information
Full name Roberto Baggio
Date of birth 18 February 1967 (1967-02-18) (age 53)
Place of birth    Caldogno, Flag of Italy Italy
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Second striker
Attacking midfielder

Roberto Baggio (born 18 February 1967) is a retired Italian football forward and attacking midfielder/playmaker who was the former President of the Technical Sector of the FIGC. Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, he came fourth in the FIFA Player of the Century Internet poll, and was chosen as a member of the FIFA World Cup Dream Team. In 2004, he was named one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA's 100th anniversary celebration. He is the only Italian ever to score in three World Cups, 1990, 1994 and 1998, and holds the record for most goals scored in World Cup tournaments for Italy, along with Paolo Rossi and Christian Vieri.

Baggio played for Italy in 56 matches, scoring 27 goals, and is the fourth highest goalscorer for his national team. He starred in the Italian team that finished third in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, scoring twice. At the 1994 FIFA World Cup he led Italy to the final, scoring five goals, received the World Cup Silver Ball and Silver Boot and was named in the World Cup All-Star Team. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup he scored twice.

At club level, Baggio is one of the three top-scoring Italians in all competitions. In 2002 he became the first Italian player in over 50 years to score more than 300 career goals. He has won two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a UEFA Cup, playing for seven different teams throughout his career.

Baggio is known as Il Divin' Codino (The Divine Ponytail), for the hairstyle he wore for most of his career, for his talent and for his Buddhist background. In 2002 he was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. In 2003, Baggio was the inaugural winner of the "Golden Foot" award. In recognition of his human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in 2010. He was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Italy – 1990 FIFA World Cup

1. Zenga 2. Baresi 3. Bergomi 4. De Agostini 5. Ferrara 6. Ferri 7. Maldini 8. Vierchowod 9. Ancelotti 10. Berti 11. De Napoli 12. Tacconi 13. Giannini 14. Marocchi 15. Baggio 16. Carnevale 17. Donadoni 18. Mancini 19. Schillaci 20. Serena 21. Vialli 22. Pagliuca

Italy – 1994 FIFA World Cup

1. Pagliuca 2. Apolloni 3. Benarrivo 4. Costacurta 5. Maldini 6. Baresi 7. Minotti 8. Mussi 9. Tassotti 10. R. Baggio 11. Albertini 12. Marchegiani 13. D. Baggio 14. Berti 15. Conte 16. Donadoni 17. Evani 18. Casiraghi 19. Massaro 20. Signori 21. Zola 22. Bucci

Italy – 1998 FIFA World Cup

1. Toldo 2. Bergomi 3. P. Maldini 4. Cannavaro 5. Costacurta 6. Nesta 7. Pessotto 8. Torricelli 9. Albertini 10. Del Piero 11. D. Baggio 12. Pagliuca 13. Cois 14. Di Biagio 15. Di Livio 16. Di Matteo 17. Moriero 18. R. Baggio 19. Inzaghi 20. Chiesa 21. Vieri 22. Buffon

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