Franco Baresi is synonymous with AC Milan. It is not wrong to say that, considering his career in the world of football. So we are here to explain why Franco Baresi becomes an AC Milan legend to this day. Without any further due, let’s talk about how impressive he is through 10 facts that we have already collected.
Here are ten interesting facts about Franco Baresi:
- Franco Baresi is one of Milan’s living legends. However, he is not a native of Milan because he was born and raised in Travagliato, Brescia Province, on May 8, 48 years ago.
- Milan is the only club Baresi has defended during his 20-year career as a player. He started his career at the age of 17 and retired at the age of 37 in 1997.
- During 20 years defending Milan, he appeared in 532 matches and scored 16 goals in various competitions. The real contribution of the player who has the nickname Piscinin, in the Milanese dialect, which means ‘little one’, is six scudetti titles and three European championship trophies.
- The club highly appreciated his retirement decision at that time. In its form, the jersey number # 6 which is already his is now also retired and is guaranteed not to be used by other players.
- In the international arena, Baresi is a little out of luck. His performances with Milan were praised, but his shiny career was also closed because he appeared alongside another legendary Italian player, Gaetano Scirea. As a result, his Azzurri performance was a little stifled and only recorded 81 caps scoring a goal.
- Baresi also only participated in two World Cup events, namely 1990 and 1994. Even though he began to be trusted to be included in the Azzurri squad at the 1982 World Cup and made his debut for the national team the following year.
- On March 4, 2004, by FIFA, Baresi was included in the list of 100 legendary footballers by the world’s highest football organization. Amazingly, Baresi is the only Milan player in the 90s who is included in the list.
- In fact, FIFA’s award is only one of several awards he has received since 1989. Baresi has collected six awards in total, and the player of the Century in Milan is one of them. In addition, Baresi is one of a handful of players to win three World Cup medals, namely gold at the 1982 World Cup, silver at the 1994 World Cup and bronze at the 1990 World Cup, making him the only Italian player to have won these three medals.
- After retiring as a player, Baresi became director of football at Fulham before returning to Milan as coach of the U-20 youth team in 2002. Four years later, he was trusted to handle Milan Berretti, aka the Milan U-19 team, to this day.
- Baresi also has an older brother who ventured into the world of football. The difference is, his brother, who has the name Giuseppe Baresi, plays for Inter.