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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