But since emotions are worth much more than sports results, Baggio will always rank high in people’s minds and as happens with all-time heroes, Maradona and Pelé being the most notable examples, people will go on thinking of him with affection and gratitude. From his first to the last match, he played with the imagination, freedom and joyfulness of a child. Unstoppable even when the coaches would chase him with a net to entrap him in some 4-4-2, Robi would dribble around anyone and reach the goal as he did in the matches against Napoli, Milan or Czechoslovakia at the Italy 1990 World Cup. Baggio is everyone's inspiration and aspiration, and is the artist who churns out masterpieces without considering his own personal needs.
So much talent could have made a monster out of him, ice-cold and aloof in his perfection, a bit like Michael Schumacher. But instead, the pain of his injuries and down-to-earth manner endered him to us. We shared the tears of his broken bones and failed penalty kicks.
Baggio, the soccer player was immensely important in the psyche of a nation, totaly belied by his nick-name: Codino (little pony-tail). Forever though, he will remain a child who makes us feel like children for 90 minutes.
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- Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
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