Paolo Rossi

1956 - 2020

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Paolo Rossi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpaːolo ˈrossi]; 23 September 1956 – 9 December 2020) was an Italian professional footballer who played as a forward. He led Italy to the 1982 FIFA World Cup title, scoring six goals to win the Golden Boot as top goalscorer, and the Golden Ball for the player of the tournament. Rossi is one of only three players, and the only European, to have won all three awards at a World Cup, along with Garrincha in 1962 and Mario Kempes in 1978. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paolo Rossi has received more than 2,239,147 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Paolo Rossi is the 49th most popular soccer player (up from 58th in 2019), the 556th most popular biography from Italy (up from 704th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Italian Soccer Player.

Paolo Rossi is most famous for being a professional Italian footballer who played as a striker. He won the 1982 FIFA World Cup with the Italian national team and he was named European Footballer of the Year in 1983.

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Among soccer players, Paolo Rossi ranks 49 out of 21,273Before him are Gunnar Nordahl, Djalma Santos, Josef Masopust, Omar Sívori, Zlatan Ibrahimović, and Romário. After him are Stanley Matthews, László Kubala, Mario Kempes, Junji Nishikawa, Ricardo Zamora, and Fernando Santos.

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Among people born in 1956, Paolo Rossi ranks 12Before him are Lars von Trier, Christoph Waltz, Björn Borg, Michel Houellebecq, Tsai Ing-wen, and Christine Lagarde. After him are Bryan Cranston, Khaled Mashal, Theresa May, Carrie Fisher, Andy García, and David Copperfield. Among people deceased in 2020, Paolo Rossi ranks 14Before him are Qaboos bin Said al Said, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Qasem Soleimani, Alan Parker, Max von Sydow, and Olivia de Havilland. After him are Michel Piccoli, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Katherine Johnson, Albert Uderzo, and Ian Holm.

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Among people born in Italy, Paolo Rossi ranks 556 out of 5,161Before him are Alphonsus Liguori (1696), Anastasia of Sirmium (281), Giulio Caccini (1551), Dominic Savio (1842), Aloysius Gonzaga (1568), and Romano Prodi (1939). After him are Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples (1937), Maria Anna of Savoy (1803), Maria Luisa of Parma (1751), Gentile Bellini (1429), Bonaventura Cavalieri (1598), and Denis (210).


Among soccer players born in Italy, Paolo Rossi ranks 5Before him are Giuseppe Meazza (1910), Cesare Maldini (1932), Roberto Baggio (1967), and Paolo Maldini (1968). After him are Roberto Mancini (1964), Luigi Riva (1944), Franco Baresi (1960), Gianni Rivera (1943), Silvio Piola (1913), Francesco Totti (1976), and Gianluigi Buffon (1978).