Luigi Riva

1944 - 2024

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Luigi "Gigi" Riva (Italian: [luˈiːdʒi ˈriːva]; 7 November 1944 – 22 January 2024) was an Italian professional footballer who played as a striker. Considered to be one of the best players of his generation, as well as one of the greatest strikers of all time, Riva enjoyed a remarkable scoring record for Cagliari, thanks to his composure in front of goal, powerful left foot and aerial ability; his speed, strength and eye for goal led the Italian journalist Gianni Brera to nickname him "Rombo di Tuono" (Roar of Thunder). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Luigi Riva has received more than 618,665 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Luigi Riva is the 66th most popular soccer player (up from 117th in 2019), the 645th most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,001st in 2019) and the 7th most popular Italian Soccer Player.

Luigi Riva is most famous for being a professional football player who played for the Italian national team.

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Among soccer players, Luigi Riva ranks 66 out of 21,273Before him are Uwe Seeler, Luis Suárez, David Beckham, Roger Milla, Nílton Santos, and Oliver Kahn. After him are Gheorghe Hagi, George Weah, Franco Baresi, Gianni Rivera, Silvio Piola, and Francesco Totti.

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Among people born in 1944, Luigi Riva ranks 37Before him are Danny Trejo, Dietrich Mateschitz, Vojislav Koštunica, Françoise Hardy, Sebastião Salgado, and Ulrich Beck. After him are Yoweri Museveni, Helmut Berger, Ibrahim Rugova, Robert Kardashian, Rajiv Gandhi, and Nguyễn Phú Trọng. Among people deceased in 2024, Luigi Riva ranks 13Before him are Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, O. J. Simpson, Arno Allan Penzias, Françoise Hardy, Sebastián Piñera, and Alexei Navalny. After him are Akira Toriyama, Johan Galtung, Niklaus Wirth, Frank Farian, Carl Weathers, and Roger Guillemin.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Luigi Riva ranks 645 out of 5,161Before him are Vittorio Gassman (1922), Giorgio Agamben (1942), Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola (1507), Luca Signorelli (1450), Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1549), and Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia (1701). After him are Statius (40), Marie Adélaïde of Savoy (1685), Galeazzo Ciano (1903), Francesco Redi (1626), Giovanni Gabrieli (1557), and Bernardo Provenzano (1933).


Among soccer players born in Italy, Luigi Riva ranks 7Before him are Giuseppe Meazza (1910), Cesare Maldini (1932), Roberto Baggio (1967), Paolo Maldini (1968), Paolo Rossi (1956), and Roberto Mancini (1964). After him are Franco Baresi (1960), Gianni Rivera (1943), Silvio Piola (1913), Francesco Totti (1976), Gianluigi Buffon (1978), and Giacinto Facchetti (1942).