Paolo Rossi, Italy

Paolo Rossi, Italy

Background
Paolo Rossi was born on September 23rd, 1956, in Santa Lucia, near Prato. Traditionally a winger, Rossi was later converted to a centre-forward player, where his goal scoring really started to take off.

Football career
Rossi began his playing career proper after joining Juventusí junior side, who then loaned him to Como due to continual knee problems. From here, Paolo Rossi went on to play for a number of sides, including Vicenza, Perugia, Juventus, AC Milan, and Verona. He had his best success with Juventus, where he won the 1984 Cup Winners' Cup and the 1985 European Cup with them.

World Cup history
Rossi first played for Italy in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, but it would be in his second World Cup appearance in Spain 1982 where he would earn the first ever Golden Boot award for scoring a magnificent six goals; three of which were a hat trick against Brazil in the quarter finals.

He scored another two goals in the next 2-0 victory against Poland in the semi-final and scored another against West Germany in the final, which Italy won 3-1. Paolo Rossi scored 20 goals in 48 caps for Italy in total.

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