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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 Italy 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 610,361 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Luigi Riva is the 118th most popular soccer player (down from 114th in 2019), the 1,004th most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,022nd in 2019) and the 15th 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 118 out of 16,880Before him are Neymar, Dani Alves, Filippo Inzaghi, Nils Liedholm, Fernando Santos, and Kunishige Kamamoto. After him are Lucien Laurent, Bobby Robson, Carles Puyol, Cafu, Ko Arima, and Kaká.

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Among people born in 1944, Luigi Riva ranks 57Before him are John Rhys-Davies, Nǃxau ǂToma, Jane Hawking, Kunishige Kamamoto, François Cevert, and Jean-Pierre Léaud. After him are Abdul Hamid, R. Lee Ermey, John Holmes, Rudy Giuliani, Jonathan Demme, and Bora Milutinović.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Luigi Riva ranks 1,004 out of 4,668Before him are Niccolò Piccinni (1728), Valerius Maximus (-100), Romuald (951), Ibycus (-600), Franco Columbu (1941), and Liutprand of Cremona (922). After him are Mirella Freni (1935), Isabella of Aragon, Duchess of Milan (1470), Constance of Sicily, Queen of Aragon (1249), Francesco Albani (1578), Roberto Cavalli (1940), and Rosalba Carriera (1673).


Among soccer players born in Italy, Luigi Riva ranks 15Before him are Gianluigi Buffon (1978), Francesco Totti (1976), Roberto Mancini (1964), Franco Baresi (1960), Fabio Cannavaro (1973), and Filippo Inzaghi (1973). After him are Alessandro Del Piero (1974), Sandro Mazzola (1942), Giampiero Boniperti (1928), Andrea Pirlo (1979), Antonio Conte (1969), and Vittorio Pozzo (1886).