Best Italian soccer players of all time



As I have told you before in one of the other articles I’ve written for this blog, I love soccer, and most of us Italians do, too. I’ve decided to write a short post about my favorite soccer players of all time, all of whom are from Italy. That shouldn’t be a surprise, though, and you were probably expecting them to be from the Boot.

Claudio Gentile is the first player I’d like to tell you about. Despite the fact that was extremely physical, he never got a red card in his entire career, which is a notable thing to mention given that we tend to get a bit warm-blooded, especially if we have a disagreement with somebody. Some of the greatest defensive performances belonging to Gentile were against Brazil, Argentina, as well as West Germany, and all of these have helped Italy get the World Cup in 1982.

Sandro Mazzola is another extraordinary name you should have heard about. He scored 70 caps and 22 goals all throughout his career, but what I personally find most impressive about the man is that his father was also a professional soccer player who unfortunately died in the Superga disaster. Mazzola continued the legacy of his parent and helped Italy with its performance in the World Cup of 1970, although Pele was the one who ruined it for us.

Francesco Totti is one of my all-time favorite soccer players from Italy. He scored 58 caps and 9 goals, but the fact of the matter is that what I found absolutely spectacular about his career was his contribution to the European Championship of 2000. If it hadn’t been for Zinedine Zidane, Italy would have won the competition, without a doubt. These two had another third-degree meeting in 2006, when Totti was the one that was left smiling as he received a winner’s medal at the end of the championship.

Alessandro Del Piero is a golden boy in every sense as he scored 91 caps and 27 goals all throughout his career. He played from 1995 to 2008 but his memorable performance remains the one he had in 2006, when he scored the second goal in the match against Germany. Italy went on to win the Championship and was eventually crowned the World Champion for the fourth time. That’s why Del Piero is still idolized even today!

Gianluigi Buffon plays even today in spite of the fact that he is not as young as he used to be. As is the case with Alessandro Del Piero and Francesco Totti, he had the chance of playing in 2006, when Italy took home the winning trophy and Buffon managed to finish second in the FIFA World Player of the Year poll.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this short list of my favorite Italian soccer players. If you have any, as well, be sure to tell me all about them in the comments!

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