Saturday, October 14, 2006

river on friend: Roberto Baggio

Born (feb. 18, 1967) in Caldogno, near Vicenza, north of Italy.

Fore some people, he is considered the finest player in soccer history.

Awarded, in 1993, with the FIFA’s World Player of the Year and also the Ballon D’Or.

He began his carrier with Vicenza, in the italian serie C1, 1981. He played there until Fiorentina took him to the Serie A of the calcio. During his five years with this team, Baggio became a divine figure among Fiorentina’s fans. In 1990 he was transferred to the Juventus in a world record transfer: 19 million USD. With this squad, Baggio reached his best moments as a soccer player. After wining a scudetto with the Viecca Signora he went to play with Milan, Internatzionale, Bologna and finally Brescia, where he retired in 2004 having scored 205 goal in the Serie A. This made him the fifth highest scorer in the Italian league’s history.

Baggio published an autobiography titled “Una porta nel cielo”.

His spiritual life has been devoted to the Soka gakkai Budhism. This has been a crucial element in the development of his luminous professional carrier. It seems that Baggio clearly understands the relation of magic and soccer, the potential spiritual conjunction between time, space, rhythm, clarity and intention.

With winged feet and ludic elegance “Ill Divino Baggio” plays with the mirror, here we consider him as a teammate: as a riveron friend.

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