Roberto Baggio

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Roberto Baggio is a former Italian footballer counted amongst the greatest players to have ever played the game

InformationDetail
BirthdayFebruary 18, 1967
NationalityItalian
FamousSportspersons, Football Players
Nick namesThe Divine Ponytail
SpousesAndreina Fabbi
SiblingsEddy Baggio
ChildrensLeonardo Baggio, Mattia Baggio, Valentina Baggio
Birth PlaceCaldogno
ReligionBuddhism
Height174
GenderMale
Sun SignAquarius
Born inCaldogno
Famous asFootball Player

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Who is Roberto Baggio?

Italian footballer Roberto Baggio is often counted among the greatest players who have ever played the beautiful game and considering his record in a career that lasted for close to two decades at the very top of the game; it is not really a surprise. Roberto Baggio started off as a professional when he was only in his early teens and by the time he was 18 years old he was plying his trade for Fiorentina, one of the largest clubs in Italy based in Florence. Baggio became one of the most sought after players quite early on in his career due to the sort of skills he could bring to the table and hence he went on to play for the biggest clubs in Italy, including Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan. On the other hand, Baggio also represented his national team Italy in three consecutive World Cup tournaments from 1990 to 1998 and in 1994 he was instrumental in taking Italy to the final of the World Cup. Baggio was included in FIFA World Cup Dream Team, in 2002, FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players, in 2004, and in the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Childhood & Early Life

Roberto Baggio was born on 18 February 1967, in Caldogno, Veneto, Italy, to Florindo Baggio and Matilde Maggio. He was sixth of the eight children in the family.

Roberto Baggio skills as a footballer of rare talent were noticed early on. When Baggio was only nine years old, he was picked up by his local club Caldogno to be a part of the youth team at the club and in a matter of two years he established himself as prodigious talent who could score a lot of goals.

He was bought by the club Vicenza when he was 13 years old for a sum of £300 and he quickly went through the ranks to make his way into the main squad in the year 1983. During the next two years Baggio showed enough talent as a forward to generate interests from the bigger clubs in Italy.

Career

Fiorentina, the Florence based club, expressed interested in acquiring Robert Baggio following his exploits in the lower division and even though he suffered a career threatening injury, the club took care of the medical expenses as they completed the transfer in 1985 for £1.5 million. Baggio went on to play for Fiorentina for five seasons, scoring 39 goals in 94 appearances and became a legend at the club.

In 1990, two years after Roberto Baggio had made his international debut for Italy, Juventus—one of Italy’s biggest clubs—bought him for a then world record fee of £8 million. The transfer was an acrimonious one as riots broke out in Florence due to the anger among Fiorentina fans.

Roberto Baggio played for Juventus for five seasons and during that period he scored 115 goals for the club in a total of 200 appearances. During his stint with the club, Baggio helped them in winning the UEFA Cup in the year 1993.

In the year 1990, Robert Baggio made his first appearance in the World Cup for Italy and although he was not a regular starter; he impressed everyone as he scored two goals, one of which was a wondrous strike against Czechoslovakia.

In the 1994 World Cup in USA, Baggio was Italy’s biggest star and found the net five times as he led the team to the final. He missed the decisive penalty in the penalty shootout that saw Italy lose the final to Brazil.

In 1995, Roberto Baggio moved to AC Milan for £6.8 million after falling out with the powers that be at Juventus. At Milan, Baggio scored 12 goals across two seasons and although Milan did win the Seria A title right after he moved to the squad; he did not seem to have the same spark he had shown at Juventus.

In 1997, Roberto Baggio moved to Bologna FC which proved to be an excellent move as Baggio scored 22 league goals for the club and saved the club from relegation.

After a disappointing World Cup campaign in 1998, Roberto Baggio transferred to Inter Milan and things did not work out well for him at Inter as he suffered from injuries while on the other hand the appointment of Marcelo Lippi saw his role in the first eleven severely curtailed.

Roberto Baggio moved to Brescia in the year 2000 and throughout his time at the club for four seasons he was an integral part of the club as he scored vital goals and also assisted other team mates when it came to scoring goals. Baggio netted 45 times for Brescia during his time at the club and the club performed beyond its potential till his retirement in 2004.

Awards & Achievements

In 1993, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and also won the European Footballer of the Year award.

In 1994, he was listed fourth in the FIFA Player of the Century internet poll.

In 2002, he was selected in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.

In 2004, Football legend Pele chose him in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

Personal Life & Legacy

Robert Baggio got married to Adreina Fabbi in the year 1989 after having been in a relationship for a long time. The couple has three children: a daughter, Valentina, and two sons, Mattia and Leonardo.

Although Baggio was born a Catholic; he became a practicing Buddhist in 1985 after recovering from an injury that could have ruined his career as a footballer.

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Roberto Baggio's awards

YearNameAward

Other

01993 - Ballon d'Or
0 1993 - FIFA World Player of the Year

Roberto Baggio biography timelines

  • // 18th Feb 1967
    Roberto Baggio was born on 18 February 1967, in Caldogno, Veneto, Italy, to Florindo Baggio and Matilde Maggio. He was sixth of the eight children in the family.
  • // 1983
    He was bought by the club Vicenza when he was 13 years old for a sum of £300 and he quickly went through the ranks to make his way into the main squad in the year 1983. During the next two years Baggio showed enough talent as a forward to generate interests from the bigger clubs in Italy.
  • // 1985
    Fiorentina, the Florence based club, expressed interested in acquiring Robert Baggio following his exploits in the lower division and even though he suffered a career threatening injury, the club took care of the medical expenses as they completed the transfer in 1985 for £1.5 million. Baggio went on to play for Fiorentina for five seasons, scoring 39 goals in 94 appearances and became a legend at the club.
  • // 1985
    Although Baggio was born a Catholic; he became a practicing Buddhist in 1985 after recovering from an injury that could have ruined his career as a footballer.
  • // 1989
    Robert Baggio got married to Adreina Fabbi in the year 1989 after having been in a relationship for a long time. The couple has three children: a daughter, Valentina, and two sons, Mattia and Leonardo.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, two years after Roberto Baggio had made his international debut for Italy, Juventus—one of Italy’s biggest clubs—bought him for a then world record fee of £8 million. The transfer was an acrimonious one as riots broke out in Florence due to the anger among Fiorentina fans.
  • // 1990
    In the year 1990, Robert Baggio made his first appearance in the World Cup for Italy and although he was not a regular starter; he impressed everyone as he scored two goals, one of which was a wondrous strike against Czechoslovakia.
  • // 1993
    Roberto Baggio played for Juventus for five seasons and during that period he scored 115 goals for the club in a total of 200 appearances. During his stint with the club, Baggio helped them in winning the UEFA Cup in the year 1993.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and also won the European Footballer of the Year award.
  • // 1994
    In the 1994 World Cup in USA, Baggio was Italy’s biggest star and found the net five times as he led the team to the final. He missed the decisive penalty in the penalty shootout that saw Italy lose the final to Brazil.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he was listed fourth in the FIFA Player of the Century internet poll.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, Roberto Baggio moved to AC Milan for £6.8 million after falling out with the powers that be at Juventus. At Milan, Baggio scored 12 goals across two seasons and although Milan did win the Seria A title right after he moved to the squad; he did not seem to have the same spark he had shown at Juventus.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, Roberto Baggio moved to Bologna FC which proved to be an excellent move as Baggio scored 22 league goals for the club and saved the club from relegation.
  • // 1998
    After a disappointing World Cup campaign in 1998, Roberto Baggio transferred to Inter Milan and things did not work out well for him at Inter as he suffered from injuries while on the other hand the appointment of Marcelo Lippi saw his role in the first eleven severely curtailed.
  • // 2000 To 2004
    Roberto Baggio moved to Brescia in the year 2000 and throughout his time at the club for four seasons he was an integral part of the club as he scored vital goals and also assisted other team mates when it came to scoring goals. Baggio netted 45 times for Brescia during his time at the club and the club performed beyond its potential till his retirement in 2004.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, he was selected in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, Football legend Pele chose him in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

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Roberto Baggio's FAQ

  • What is Roberto Baggio birthday?

    Roberto Baggio was born at 1967-02-18

  • Where is Roberto Baggio's birth place?

    Roberto Baggio was born in Caldogno

  • What is Roberto Baggio nationalities?

    Roberto Baggio's nationalities is Italian

  • What is Roberto Baggio nick names?

    Roberto Baggio's nickNames is The Divine Ponytail

  • Who is Roberto Baggio spouses?

    Roberto Baggio's spouses is Andreina Fabbi

  • Who is Roberto Baggio siblings?

    Roberto Baggio's siblings is Eddy Baggio

  • Who is Roberto Baggio childrens?

    Roberto Baggio's childrens is Leonardo Baggio, Mattia Baggio, Valentina Baggio

  • What is Roberto Baggio's religion?

    Roberto Baggio's religion is Buddhism

  • How tall is Roberto Baggio?

    Roberto Baggio's height is 174

  • What is Roberto Baggio's sun sign?

    Roberto Baggio is Aquarius

  • How famous is Roberto Baggio?

    Roberto Baggio is famouse as Football Player