Top 10: Players of USA '94

4. Roberto Baggio, Italy

The defining images of Baggio from 1994 are of disappointment: trudging from the field after being subbed following Gianluca Pagliuca’s dismissal against Norway, and of course sinking to his knees after missing the penalty in the final. There was a sense he was never fully trusted by Arrigo Sacchi, but he also enjoyed moments of brilliance.

He improvised a precise finish to equalise late against Nigeria before getting the winner from the spot; rounded Andoni Zubizarreta to get the winner against Spain; and added two brilliant goals against Bulgaria in the semi – the first a swerving run, the second a neat half-volley.


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