Italy legend Roberto Baggio, arguably the best all-time No. 10 for the Italian national team and one of the most influential players of the past 25 years, turned 42-years-old on Wednesday,.
'Il Divino Codino' racked up 205 Serie A goals, making him the fifth top-scorer of all-time in Italy's top flight. He scored over 300 goals in all competitions during his illustrious career playing for Vicenza, Fiorentina, Juventus, Milan, Bologna, Inter, Brescia and the Italian national team.
He also won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 1993.
However, he is perhaps most famous for missing the crucial penalty in the 1994 World Cup final shoot-out against Brazil in the United States. His performance in that tournament as a whole was exceptional; he lead Italy to the final, scoring five goals in the knock-out stages.
Baggio retired in 2004 but remains an active with charity worker. Most recently he appeared in a charity match for former team-mate Stefano Borgonovo, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
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Adam Scime, Goal.com