Roberto Baggio.. the Italian player who died standing

“God forgives all but Baggio”, a phrase that adorns the walls of the Vatican in the center of the Italian capital Rome, andI passed it on The tongues of the Italian people, following Italian football legend Roberto Baggio, after he missed the “ominous” penalty kick in the 1994 World Cup final, accompanying his biography even after his retirement.

In the midst of the eyes of more than 94,000 fans and countless followers, fans and football fans around the world, Roberto Baggio carried the ball to execute Italy’s fifth penalty kick against Brazil on July 17 during the 1994 World Cup final. he lost high to kill hope. Italy hosted the World Cup.

Betrayal and die

Baggio not only killed Italy’s hopes and fans, but his missed penalty was the bullet that hit him since the ball hit Brazilian goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel, becoming the footballer who died standing after that kick.

Twenty-eight years have passed since Italy’s disappointment, winning the fourth World Cup title at the time, which it then took in the 2006 World Cup, proving that football does not intervene for those who create it and flirt with it with its skills, despite Baggio’s name and his great giving, one kick let him fall mercilessly, after he was almost close. Of immortalizing his name in the record of legends without impurities and disappointments.

As if dying, he stood for a moment before the owner of the unique hairstyle “The Sacred Ponytail” knelt and blew up his great brilliance in a season considered to be one of the most prominent and best seasons in its history, after levels which only offer legends, amazed by the followers and fans of the round witch.

Italian Roberto Baggio after missing a penalty against Brazil in the 1994 World Cup Final (getty images)

Kick the taste of death

Wearing a shirt with the inscription “R.BAGGIO”, accompanied by the number ten, and with a performance that corresponds to the description of the legendary, Baggio carried the hopes of the Italians, in search of the greatest dreams of the national teams, because the dream of the World Cup is matched by no championship in the world of round leather.

In a match that required caution, in which the samba stars met the Azzurri warriors, the match fell short of the expected level and reached the penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw. Brazil scored three goals from four penalties, awaiting the fifth kick for Italy, whose players scored two goals from four.

Pressure mounted on Baggio, who was chosen to take the last kick in hopes of winning the World Cup with his last touch, but Italy’s players missed the first and fourth kick, turning the kick from hope of victory to hope Italy keep the competition in for an extra kick.

The owner of “cold-blooded”, as the opponents described it to the lovers, presented himself with great psychological pressure and hit the ball high past the goal, announcing the loss of the Italian national team and the end of the dream, so that the the whole world would witness Baggio’s break, which was more eloquent than any words, signaling the loss of the dream of a player who fought for the crowning of the World Cup title.

Italian Roberto Baggio after missing a penalty against Brazil in the 1994 World Cup Final (getty images)

Nightmares and disappointments

So much love is pain, the encouragement and love of the Italian masses for those who cherished their hopes have turned into anger and resentment.

The memory of the penalty that Baggio missed will haunt for years to come, and the Italian star has stated in many meetings that he will not forget what happened in that final.

There is much talk about the scenes of Baggio’s football career, including what he shared on the website “Football Italia”, in which he described the penalty kick as “ominous”, adding: “It put me to sleep for years, like I never had before. taken a penalty kick over the bar for that kick.”

Speaking of his disappointments and suffering in football, Baggio said: “I’ve had some unfortunate moments when I was a player, not just because of the kick I missed at the World Cup, but because of the many injuries that exhausted me, and it was a nightmare for me. me.” He continued, “I remember asking my mother after the first surgery to kill me to end my suffering.”

According to press reports, the reason for the phrase “God forgives everyone but Baggio” is that Baggio converted to Buddhism in the 1980s after going through a psychological crisis due to a knee injury that threatened his career. He prayed to Buddha for her and did not pray to Christ.

Italian Roberto Baggio takes a penalty against Brazil in the 1994 World Cup Final (Getty Images)

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Baggio started his career in the world of round leather in 1981, by joining Vicenza, and played there for four years until 1985, taking part in 36 matches, scoring 13 goals, then moving to Fiorentina and participating in 136 . matches, in which he scored 55 goals and scored 21 goals.

In 1990 he moved to Juventus and played 200 games, scoring 115 goals and scoring 48 others, and in the 1995-1996 season he moved to AC Milan, where he won the Italian league title, becoming the first player to do so. winning the league title twice in a row in the history of the competition with two teams.

And he played 67 games with Milan, scoring 19 goals and scoring 25 goals, before moving to Bologna in 1997, and playing 33 games in his ranks, scoring 23 goals and scoring nine goals.

Baggio then moved to Inter Milan and played 58 games in which he scored 17 goals and scored the same, and in 2000 he moved to Brescia where he played 101 games with them, scoring 46 goals and scoring 25 goals, until he retired in 2004. retired from football during his honorary game against the Spanish national team in Genoa, Italy.

Baggio is one of the few players to have played in the ranks of the most prestigious Italian clubs, Juventus and the two poles of Milan, AC Milan and Inter.

Baggio has won many individual and collective awards, including the 1993 World Player of the Year and the 1995 and 1996 Golden Ball winner.

Baggio (55 years old) is considered one of the best players Italy has produced. He played 56 caps with the Azzurri, scoring 27 goals and providing 13 assists. He played with the Italian national team in three World Cup finals in 1990, 1994 and 1998, with a total of 16 matches, scoring nine goals. He was ranked as Italy’s top scorer at the World Cup, shared with Christian Vieri and Paolo Rossi with the same number of goals.

Italian Roberto Baggio as he won second place after losing to Brazil in the 1994 World Cup final (getty images)

Italian Roberto Baggio after missing a penalty against Brazil in the 1994 World Cup Final (getty images)