So it sort of changed my game as well.
“, It is a testament to his drive that Baggio managed any kind of career at all, let alone played to the point where it needed three defenders to keep him quiet. Before I met him, I watched each of Baggio’s twenty-seven goals for the Italian national team. He was out for most of the season... And yet he came back. Another does the same. For the rest of the season the shirts used by the team were without the printing on the back. Baggio glided forward, played a lovely one-two with Pierluigi Casiraghi and curled a perfect right-footed finish into the far corner. Sacchi justified his decision by stating that Baggio was not fully fit, and that Enrico Chiesa helped the team more when possession was lost.
Several fans clutch 8x10 photographs of his face and big, fat Sharpies; another cradles a framed picture of his rear profile and the gilded words ‘Il Divin Codino’, yet another holds out a subscriber copy of MUNDIAL, issue two that bears his face on the cover. When I meet him downstairs, he’s standing as those around him sit. The Turin club won both legs, 1–0 at the Stadio delle Alpi and 2–0 at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. And yet people just want to ask him about the penalty.
After two years with Inter, Baggio decided not to renew his expiring contract due to his conflicts with Marcello Lippi, making him a free agent at age 33. Persistent knee injuries meant he couldn’t even train toward the end of his career, but Baggio lost none of the magic in his feet.  He scored again against Bologna, saving Brescia from relegation on the final matchday, and bringing his seasonal tally to 11 goals in 12 Serie A matches. I watch four kids surrounding a display of new boots, the Diadora Match Winner—premium black leather, fluro-yellow detailing, a number 10 and a signature on the heel. But he’s there, they can feel him in the building; his aura. He was operated on 4 February 2002 and he returned for three matches before the end of the season, making a recovery in 76 days. He is the sixth-highest Juventus goalscorer in the Coppa Italia with 14 goals, and the joint fourth all-time Juventus goalscorer in European and international competitions with 22 goals, alongside Anastasi.
Feb 18, 1967 (53), Place of birth: That the Bianconeri got there though was largely thanks to Baggio, who scored in the 2-2 draw in the first leg in Turin. But he was locked in, focussed. In 2004, during the final season of his career, Baggio became the first player in over 30 years to score 200 goals in Serie A, and in 2017 he was still the seventh highest goalscorer of all time in Serie A, with 205 goals. Baggio’s number 10 shirt was retired by Brescia in his honour, and he is considered the club’s greatest ever player.