Roberto Baggio (Caldogno – Province of Vicenza, 18 February 1967) is a retired Italian soccer player who played striker. He holds the 16th place (first among Italians) in the special ranking of the best soccer players of the 20th century published by “World Soccer”, and he was included by Pelé in the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 best living soccer players, published on 4 March 2004. Though he never won the Italian single-season scoring title, he ranks fifth among all-time scorers in the top A League, with a total of 205 goals, behind Piola, Nordahl, Meazza and Altarini. He played 56 games with the Italian National Team and scored 27 goals in all, making him Italy’s fourth all-time scorer. He played a total of 700 official games for his Italian-League teams and the National Team, scoring 318 goals overall. He is also the only Italian soccer player to have scored in three different World Cup tournaments (1990, 1994 and 1998) The league teams he played with won few trophies, but he received many individual award,including the 1993 Gold Ball (one of only five Italians to have won the Gold Ball Award, together with Omar Sivori, Gianni Rivera, Paolo Rossi and Fabio Cannavaro). In 1993 he was also elected FIFA World Player by a jury made up of coaches and captains of national teams from all the continents. He is one of only 5 players (the others are Giovanni Ferrari, Riccardo Toros, Eraldo Mancin and Alessandro Orlando) to have won two consecutive Italian-League championships with different teams.
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