Top 20 nicknames of footballers - Part 2 of 2
- The history of football has seen several players christened nicknames for their prowess on the pitch.
#12 Roberto Baggio – Il Divin Codino (The Divine Ponytail)
The Divine Ponytail, Roberto Baggio, unfortunately, is most remembered for two things – his missed penalty in the 1994 World Cup final and his haircut, and it was the latter which got him the nickname.
But the penalty miss was unfortunate as Baggio went on to be defined for that one kick of the football, and not the numerous other instances of brilliance that he produced on the football pitch.
He was as complete a striker as Italy have ever had. He scored 204 goals in 452 Serie A games, in addition to 27 goals for the Azzurri in his 56 international appearances. He won two Serie A titles, a UEFA Cup and was even awarded the Ballon D’Or.Published 27 Dec 2016, 16:12 IST