Franco Baresi: The Man and Italian Football
Born in Travagliato, Italy, he spent five years with AC Milan youth academy(1972-1977) before making his professional debut for the club in 1977, aged 17. Before joining Milan, he had initially been rejected by rivals Inter Milan, who chose his older brother Giuseppe instead. He went on to spend his entire 20-year football career(1977-1997) with the Rossoneri, netting 33 times in 719 games(the club’s second most appearance maker, behind Paolo Maldini).
At the international scene, the former defender represented Italy between 1982 to 1994, scoring once in 81 caps. He was a member of Gli Azzurri squad that won the 1982 FIFA World Cup, also finishing third and second at the 1990 and 1994 editions of the tournament respectively. He was included in Pelé’s list of 125 Greatest Living Footballers at the FIFA centenary awards ceremony in 2004. He was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
Franchino Baresi turned 60 on 8 May 2020