History: Roberto Baggio (born February 18, 1967 in Caldogno, near Vicenza) is a famous former Italian footballer, considered to be among the best forwards in the world throughout the 1990s. In 1993 he won both the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award, and is still remembered as one of the most beloved and technically gifted players in his country.
Baggio started his career with Vicenza in Serie C1 in 1981. Fiorentina snapped him up in 1985, and during his years there, he rose to cult status among the team's fans. He was sold to Juventus amid large fan outcry in 1990 for 15 billion Italian lira ($19 million), the world record transfer for a football player at the time. Baggio replied to his fans saying: "I was compelled to accept the transfer". That year he played in his first World Cup, and although he was used most often as a substitute in the 1990 tournament, he was still able to display his quality, scoring twice including the "goal of the tournament" against Czechoslovakia. In 1993 he won his lone European club trophy, helping Juventus to the UEFA Cup.
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