Roberto Baggio

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Roberto Baggio (born February 18, 1967) is a retired Italian footballer. In 1993, Baggio won both the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year. He is the only Italian player ever to score in three World Cups. Baggio is known as Il Divin Codino (The Divine Ponytail), for the hairstyle he wore for most of his career and his Buddhist background. Today, he is rated as one of the finest footballers to have ever played in the history of the game.



Baggio was born in Caldogno, Veneto. As a youngster, he always had a keen interest in the sport of football and played for a local youth club over a period of nine years. After scoring 6 goals in one game, Baggio was persuaded by scout Antonio Mora to join Vicenza. Roberto Baggio is the 6th of 8 brothers. His younger brother, Eddy Baggio, is also a footballer who currently plays with Sangiovannese. Baggio married his girlfriend Andreina Fabbri in 1993. They have a daughter Valentine and two sons Mattia and Riccardo [1]

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