Roberto Baggio

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Roberto Baggio was born on February 18, 1967 to his mother Matilde and his father Fiorindo, in the small Italian town of Caldogno which is located north of the city of Vicenza. His brothers and sisters are Gianna, Walter, Carla, Giorgio, Anna Maria, Nadia, and Eddy. Roberto had much freedom as a child. His father often took him to a soccer field where he stayed until late evening. Roberto's passion for soccer was evident. Roberto started his soccer career in his home town of Caldogno, at the age of nine. His first coach, Gian Pero Zenere, saw for the first time the greatness in Roberto. He had become a star. A scout named Antonio Mora persuaded Roberto to play for Vicenza, then a club in the serie C1 league. The fee was $500. The first season the coach of Vicenza was Cadè, and he started the 15 year old Roberto in one C1 game. The next season, new Vicenza coach, Bruno Giorgi, used young Roberto in six league matches and he got one goal, the first professional goal of his career. On the 15th of February 1984 Roberto was called to make his first under 16 national game. On the ninth of January Roberto played his first national juniors game. On the third day in May of 1985 Vicenza sold Roberto to Fiorentina of the serie A. The world famous ponytail was first seen on the pitch in 1987. The following year Roberto really got noticed. With such a great year, he was called up in November 1988 for his first international match. At the end of the season Roberto married Andr...

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