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Alex On June - 22 - 2009

Top Italian Football Players of All Time

Giuseppi MeazzaItalian football has produced a long list of talented players who have become household names throughout the world. As one of the most consistently successful national teams in the world, Italy has won the World Cup four times as well as the European Cup, but it is often the flamboyance and passion of their players which take all the headlines. Paolo Rossi is one of the most famous names of the modern football era. He captained the Italian attack to the 1982 World Cup, on the way winning the golden boot award for scoring six goals in the tournament. Pele has listed him as on e of his all time favourite players. Rossi scored twenty goals in forty eight appearances for Italy. Marco Tardelli, was another player well known to the footballing world. He played for ten years with Juventus, and won three European trophies, including the European Cup, as well as Five Serie A championships. Tardelli was well known for his tough tackling and stamina. He made eighty two appearances for Italy, and scored in the 1982 World Cup final against West Germany which Italy won. Marco Tardelli is currently the Assistant Manager of the Republic of Ireland football team. During the 1960s, Sandro Mazzola was one of the most famous Italian footballers. He was a creative inside forward who played for Inter Milan. Mazzola played in the 1964 European Cup final against Real Madrid and scored twice, and was in the same side the following season as they retained the European Cup. Sandro Mazzola played seventy times for Italy and scored twenty two goals. He was part of the Italian side which lost 4-1 to the famous Brazilian side in the 1970 World Cup.

Paola Maldini played until the age of forty one in a career which spanned twenty five years. He is considered by many to be one of the best defenders ever to have played football. His collection of winners medals is impressive and include seven league titles, five UEFA Champions League Cups and a FIFA World Club Cup medal. Maldini is the joint record holder as the most capped Italian player, winning a hundred and twenty six caps. One of the most technically gifted Italian footballers was Roberto Baggio. Although never winning a World Cup winners medal, he did help the Italians to second place in the 1994 World Cup, and is the only Italian ever to score in three World Cups. Baggio won the FIFA World Player of the Year, and the European Footballer opf the Year in 1993. Roberto Baggio scored two hundred and five goals in Serie A, thus becoming the fifth highest Italian goal scorer of all time. He also scored twenty seven goals in fifty six appearances which made him the fourth highest scorer of all time for the national team..

The greatest Italian player of all time goes back to the1930s era. Giuseppi Meazza scored two hundred and forty three goals in three hundred and sixty one appearances.. Meazza scored two goals on his debut for Inter Milan at the age of seventeen, and he still holds the record for most goals scored in a debut season with thirty one. Meazza played for Italy in the 1934 and 1938 World Cups which Italy won. He scored a total of thirty three goals in fifty three appearances for the Italian national side.

addendum: as pointed out by one of our readers Dino Zoff was the official captain of the 82 World Cup Azzurri

5 Responses so far.

  1. vince stefanelli says:

    Roberto Baggio!

  2. Anonymous says:

    roberto baggio

  3. SN says:

    This article is incorrrect in stating Paolo Rossi captained Italy in '82: it was Dino Zoff. My Italy all-time XI:

    GK: Zoff
    SW: Scirea
    LB: Facchetti
    CB:Maldini, Baresi
    RB: Gentile
    CM: Tardelli, Gianni Rivera
    FW: Baggio, Meazza, Gigi Riva

  4. Kevin says:

    SN you are correct Zoff was captain of the 82' squad but offensively, Rossi had the finish for the Azzurri attack.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Zoff may have be captain and Rossi may have scored the goals, but Bruno Conti won the world cup for Italy in 1982

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