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Top 5 Most talented Italian players in Football History

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The time has come to travel all the way to Italy, where we will discuss the Top 5 most talented Italian players in Football History.

It’s time to talk about the Top 5 most talented Italian players in Football Players, many of these names are more defensive than offensive because Italy is historically famous for their style of play known as the “Cantenaccio” which translates to “The Lock”. This is another nation that just as Brazil or Germany, have the most success in football because they have practiced their unique style throughout history and it has worked for them perfectly. Italy is another one of the world’s nations from where many talented individuals come and have graced us with their football skills throughout history, we hope you enjoy this list because it took us quite a while to conduct a long investigation about the players who are on this list.

1.- Dino Zoff.

The first of only two goalkeepers who have lifted a World Cup trophy as captains, Dino Zoff is right up there as one of the best goalies in football history and he is still considered the best player in his country’s history. During the twilight of his career at 40 years old, Zoff managed to take his national team all the way to the 1982 World Cup final which they won against Germany with many of his saves. Zoff also won the 1968 European Championship with Italy 14 years before his World Cup success, but at club level he was also one of the all-time greats. Dino won six Serie A trophies, two Coppa Italia, and one UEFA Cup during his amazing career.

2.- Paolo Maldini.

Arguably the most celebrated on-field defensive Italian player of all time, Paolo Maldini comes from a long tradition of football players with his father Cesare as one of the old legends of the game from back in the 50’s. But Paolo was the one who put the family name on a whole new level, for he won 25 trophies in a career that spanned 24 years and only saw him wearing the AC Milan colors. Paolo wasn’t able to win trophies with his national team just like his father, he was snubbed from the 2006 squad that won the trophy and lost the finals of the 1994 World Cup in the USA, as well as the 2000 European Championship. However, there is no denying that Maldini is one of football’s all-time greats and one of Italy’s most beloved players.


3.- Andrea Pirlo.

The epitome of cool had one of the most prolific careers in football, the leader of a squad that was able to win a World Cup in modern football back in 2006. Andrea Pirlo is the last exquisite player that his country has produced and arguably one of the best midfielders of the last 30 years in football, he won every single trophy you could ever imagine for his club and he came pretty close to win the European Championship with Italy but lost against Spain back in 2012. Pirlo is one of those players that people have a hard time hating, because of how charismatic he is. Also, Andrea Pirlo has the ultimate “resting bitch face” which makes him even cooler.

4.- Roberto Baggio.

The first of a long line of creative midfielders that started a rare trend in the ultra-defensive Italy, Roberto Baggio is arguably the most talented of them all. He was the first one that made people around the world love Italian football for their offensive players back in the nineties. But he will forever be remembered for an infamous moment playing for his country, as Baggio missed Italy’s decisive penalty against Brazil in the 1994 World Cup final that gave the South American country their fourth World Cup in history and breached the gap between two of the biggest football cultures in the world. This doesn’t take anything away from the amazing career that Baggio had, he really is one of the most gifted players that Italy has ever produced.

5.- Giuseppe Meazza.

It’s as simple as this, without Giuseppe Meazza there would be no Italy as we know it today, he was one of the very first great players in football history and was the top talent of the 1934 and 1938 World Cups that saw Italy win in a row. One of the biggest strikers of old who paved the way for what Serie A became before the great war in the 1940’s, the Milan stadium bears his name as the most venerated legend that Internazionale Milano ever had. There is simply no Italian football greatness without him, two of the four World Cup championships came to Italy because of his goals.

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