Luigi Riva

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Luigi "Gigi" Riva (Italian: [luˈiːdʒi ˈriːva]; born 7 November 1944) is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a centre-forward. 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). Aside from his debut season with Legnano, Riva remained with the Sardinian club for his entire career: he helped Cagliari achieve promotion to the Italian top-flight for the first time in 1964, and later led the club to their only Serie A title in 1969–70.At international level, Riva won the 1968 UEFA European Championship and was runner-up at the 1970 FIFA World Cup with the Italian national team; he also took part at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Luigi Riva has received more than 579,883 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Luigi Riva is the 114th most popular soccer player (up from 129th in 2019), the 1,022nd most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,037th in 2019) and the 13th 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 114 out of 16,923Before him are José Nasazzi, César Luis Menotti, Alessandro Del Piero, José Leandro Andrade, Bora Milutinović, and Harald Schumacher. After him are Ștefan Kovács, Paulo Roberto Falcão, Filippo Inzaghi, Ademir de Menezes, Kenny Dalglish, and Hisataka Okamoto.

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Among people born in 1944, Luigi Riva ranks 52Before him are Gennady Zyuganov, Angela Davis, Yoweri Museveni, Nebahat Çehre, Abdul Hamid, and Bora Milutinović. After him are Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jonathan Demme, John Holmes, John Rhys-Davies, Kunishige Kamamoto, and Udo Kier.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Luigi Riva ranks 1,022 out of 4,088Before him are Bruttia Crispina (164), Giovanni Battista Martini (1706), Ercole II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara (1508), Tiberius Gemellus (19), Stesichorus (-630), and Antonio Negri (1933). After him are Franco Columbu (1941), Maria Theresa of Austria (1767), Giovanni Messe (1883), Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920), Filippo Inzaghi (1973), and Veronica Franco (1546).


Among soccer players born in Italy, Luigi Riva ranks 13Before him are Silvio Piola (1913), Gianni Rivera (1943), Franco Baresi (1960), Francesco Totti (1976), Gianluigi Buffon (1978), and Alessandro Del Piero (1974). After him are Filippo Inzaghi (1973), Sandro Mazzola (1942), Fabio Cannavaro (1973), Andrea Pirlo (1979), Antonio Conte (1969), and Giampiero Boniperti (1928).