Roberto Baggio -- The Great Football Player Ever -- Turns 50 Today

Submitted by: piperfawn 7 months ago in Sports


Don't give me that "But Messi" nonsense. Celebrate the DIVINE by revisiting his best goals. 
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Male 320
Being of Italian origins, Baggio has been dead to me since he played being dumb in a World Cup Final. 

Personal rancor aside, Roberto Baggio is indeed one of the best Italian players ever (alongside Baresi, Paolo Maldini, Maezza, Vieri or my favorite Del Piero), but he is far from being "the greatest football player ever". Pelé, Maradona, Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Platini, Di Stefano, Puskas, Best, Van Basten, Ronaldo (the Brazilian) or Eusebio were all way more talented. Cristiano too of course (he proved himself in three major clubs + in selection), still doubtful about Messi (only played in one club, with the same teammates for 15 years... it makes things easier. Pretty glad my PSG boys ridiculized him on Tuesday)

Baggio sure had an extra "charism" however, like many others of that generation with similar talent (Batistuta, Cantona, Hagi, Weah).
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Male 5,147
Well Baggio missed a penalty, true, but before him also Baresi. The important point , in my opinion, is that without Baggio the italian team had no possibility to reach the final. Only thanks to Baggio goals the italian team gained the final, he was the man that saved the team from exiting the competition and that leaded the squad to the final. Baresi and Maldini where great players too but they had a completly different role. Around the world if you ask who are the three best strikers in history the answer is Pelè, Maradona and Baggio. Baggio played the most part of his career with a destroyed knee but despite this handicap he is still remebered as one of the best player of all time not only in Italy. Most of the other player you mentioned were great players of course but they were cold technicians. What Pelè Baggio and Maradona had as a unique bonus was the genius and the creativity.

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piperfawn The best strikers in history and Baggio? Oh, for the love of Pete, do you have any idea of the history of football? Even in Italy, Giuseppe Meazza won two world cups, or Paolo Rossi, who did what he did in 1982, even beating Germany almost single handedly, are better.

Now, you talk of Maradona, Messi or Cruyff as strikers? They are forwards, not strikers, you moron. Have you ever played football? Pelé was a striker, Maradona was not.
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Male 5,746
Who He?
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Male 5,147
thezigrat One of the best football player in the history of the sport
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Male 5,746
piperfawn NFL, AFL, XFL? The Lagrange League? Where are his pads?
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Male 5,746
thezigrat Or do you mean Soccer?
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Male 5,147
thezigrat lol no i mean the real football, not the strange sport where people use hands and a testicle as ball but they pretend to call it football.

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Male 5,746
piperfawn Canadian arena foot ball?
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Male 5,147
thezigrat hmm nope, football, the most followed sport in the entire world. The one that have clubs and associations in every continent of the world, the one that also have a World Cup. Football, the sport followed by bilions of people around the world. The one born some centuries ago,the one that is called football everywhere in the world except in  one place only...oh but maybe  you mean the one played only in one continent that no one in the rest of the world watch or follow or play, well it's not that.




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Male 5,746
piperfawn OOOOhhh you mean the sport where your hands are tied behind your back and you try to hit a ball through a hoop mounted 10 feet above with a big padded bag hung about your stomach and the winners lose their heads?
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Male 5,147
thezigrat Hmm nope.

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Male 5,746
piperfawn I give up then. What sport is he in then?
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Male 5,147
thezigrat Calcio.

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Male 5,746
piperfawn You mean Football?
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Male 5,147
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Male 5,746
piperfawn Where are his pads?
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