In this week’s Football Italica, we look at the most successful Italian football players, and the brands they’ve worn.
We also look at their favourite clothes, and if they are in Italy now, they might be wearing a tie dye.
The first article in our new series: “The most Popular Brand” 1.
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) In the mid-1990s, Gianluigi Buffon was already the best player in Serie A. The 27-year-old scored a staggering 10,000 career goals and was arguably the best-ever centre-forward in Serie B. He’s had his share of controversies, and he’s also managed to be a great husband and father.
But the Bianconeri legend was still young when he became the youngest player to score a goal in the World Cup final, and his team lost in a 2-1 defeat.
“I never dreamed I’d play for Juventus for such a long time,” he told reporters.
“The World Cup was my dream.
My goal was to play for the World Cups.”
He’s been the best ever, and it’s been a pleasure.
Mario Balotelli (Juve) Balotelli has become one of Italy’s most beloved footballers, and for good reason.
He was a top-class player when he was at Liverpool, but after joining the Biancocelesti in 2009, he became a legend, winning the Ballon d’Or and Serie A Golden Boot awards with the Italian side.
Balotelli is currently playing for Manchester City, but he has a lot of work to do before he’s on the big stage.
He’s also one of four former Liverpool players to win the Ballons d’Elegance.
This is the second time in the last three years that the Ballona di Torino team has won the Balloneri’s first-ever Italian Cup.
Roberto Mancini (Manchester City) Roberto Mancinis is a legend at City, having won the European Cup with the club in 2002 and Euro 2008.
The Italian has managed to become the club’s first ever Italian player to win a Champions League title, but his most recent title-winning campaign came in the 2010-11 season, when he led City to their first ever Premier League title.
Mancini has been a key part of the club for almost three decades, winning seven league titles, four Champions League titles and two Coppa Italia titles.
He won the Golden Boot for the first time in 2014 and 2015, and in that time, he won four Serie A titles and three Coppa Italian titles.
Roberto Carlos Mendes (Torino) Torino has a rich history with the English footballing world, and has been around for over 200 years.
In a time when the Premier League has become the world’s most lucrative sport, it’s remarkable how the Torino legends have managed to remain in top form for so long.
The Torino striker has won five Premier League titles, two Coaches’ League titles (2010-12) and two Champions League (2002-05) trophies, and four Coppa titles (2009-14).
Mendes is currently enjoying a successful season in his second spell in charge, and is one of only three players in the history of the Italian league to win more than one Premier League and Coppa title in the same season.
Antonio Cassano (Napoli) Antonio Cassano is one half of the legendary Juventus side that won the 1974 Serie A title.
He played in the club during the 1960s and 1970s, and won two Serie A trophies (1972 and 1974) and one Coppa italia (1971).
Cassano is a two-time Ballon D’Or winner (1973, 1975) and has also won two Champions Leagues (1970 and 1971).
Napoli’s players celebrate their team’s 1-1 draw with Fiorentina in the 2015-16 Champions League.
Andrea Pirlo (Fiorentino)It’s no surprise that Andrea Pignato has been one of Italian football’s most successful players.
The striker won three Serie A and three Champions League crowns with the Torinese, and was a key member of the Torriere-based team that won two consecutive Coppa Titles (1973 and 1974).
The Fioretti squad was led by Pirlos first-choice striker Alessandro Nesta, who was also one half to a legendary Italy side.
Nesta was a legend on the field, and helped lead Torriore to their second ever Serie A crown.
Sergio Ramos (Manchester United) Sergio Ramos was one of Manchester United’s most celebrated players in a long and illustrious