BAGGIO FINALLY BOWS OUT

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Roberto Baggio of Brescia salutes the crowd after the Serie A match between AC Milan and Brescia on May 16, 2004 in Milan, Italy.

He scored 291 goals in 643 games while representing the likes of L.R. Vicenza, Fiorentina, Juventus, A.C. Milan, Bologna, Inter Milan and Brescia in a club career that lasted for 22 years. He is currently the seventh-highest goalscorer of all time in Serie A, with 205 goals.

He represented Italy between 1988 to 2004, netting 27 goals in 56 games. He is the joint fourth-highest goalscorer for his national team, alongside Alessandro Del Piero. He is the only Italian to score in three World Cups, and with nine goals holds the record for most goals scored in World Cup tournaments for Italy, along with Paolo Rossi and Christian Vieri.

1993 Ballon d’Or winner Roberto Baggio played his last career match on this day in 2004. It was the final matchday of the 2003/2004 season at the San Siro against A.C. Milan, which ended in a 4–2 loss to the Serie A champions; during the game, the Brescia striker set-up Matuzalém’s second goal. In the 88th minute, De Biasi substituted Baggio, prompting the 80,000 present at the San Siro to give him a standing ovation. This came just two weeks after the then 37-year-old Brescia striker played his last match for the Italian national team.

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