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5 current players who share their playing style with legends from the past

  • Football is a sport that looks to create idols of the players. We have seen many footballers being recognised as examples for future generations to em ...
Mohammed Sami
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Modified 16 Feb 2015, 15:11 IST

#2 Roberto Baggio and Francesco Totti

The original trequartista, Roberto Baggio, is one of the most popular names in World Cup folklore, and there are very few players that can claim to have emulated him. He is a tough act to emulate and so it is only right that one of the few players that can compare with him is a legend like Totti. 

The false nine position, often associated with Messi, was originally played by Baggio and then by Totti. Both players were pioneers in the way they changed the traditional definitions of the position they played in. Strikers are now expected to have a more rounded game, and these two are to be credited for that. 

In addition to their playing styles and positions, Totti's achievements also have been eerily similar to Baggio's. Totti has one Serie A title compared to Baggio's two while Baggio has won one Coppa Italia when compared to Totti’s two. Baggio carried the Azzuri to the 1994 World Cup final while Totti won the World Cup in 2006. 

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Published 16 Feb 2015, 13:50 IST
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