Roberto Baggio

Roberto Baggio

The Divine Ponytail’ remains the only Italian player to have scored in three World Cups and also holds the ignominious record for the most crucial penalty miss in World Cup history, ironic given his usual adeptness at 12 yards. Although he wasn’t a traditional striker, with his most well-known position being at the spear of an attacking midfield three, we needed an excuse to include him. That excuse came in the form of him having played as striker on a number of occasions and also having an excellent goal tally—as good as many of the best “true” strikers. Spending his entire playing career in Italy, in the 1990s Baggio notched 175 in 358 appearances and is still beloved by his compatriots and others to this day.
But there will always be that penalty.