Italian Male Sportspersons

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 1 Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: January 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carrara, Italy
Gianluigi Buffon is an Italian footballer, often considered the greatest goalkeeper of all time. The first goalkeeper to receive the Golden Foot Award, Buffon was included in Pelé's FIFA 100 list in 2004. He is also well-known for his charity work; in 2019, he was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations' World Food Programme.

 2 Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo
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Famous As: Currently Competing in Formula One
Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Daniel Ricciardo is an Italian-Australian racing driver. He currently competes in Formula One for McLaren. Over the years, Ricciardo has had eight Grand Prix victories, including a win at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, in Formula One. He has also received several awards like BRDC The Bruce McLaren Trophy. In 2014, he was named GQ Australia Sportsman of the Year.

 3 Francesco Totti

Francesco Totti
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Italian footballer Francesco Totti is known for his 25-year stint with Roma. Nicknamed “The Golden Boy” and “The Gladiator,” he led Roma to win the Serie A and the Coppa Italia. He was also part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup-winning Italian team. He was named to Pele’s FIFA 100

 4 Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Paolo Maldini is an Italian former professional footballer widely regarded as one of the greatest ever defenders. He played primarily as a left-back and central defender and was affiliated with Milan and the Italian national team. Currently, he is serving as the technical director for Milan. He is also the co-owner of the USL Championship club Miami FC.  

 5 Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero
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Famous As: Football - Forwarder for Italy
Birthdate: November 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Conegliano, Veneto, Italy

Alessandro Del Piero is an Italian former football player. Renowned for his creativity, he is often counted among the best players of his generation. He is also widely regarded as one of Italy's greatest players of all time. A prolific goal-scorer, Del Piero scored 346 goals during his playing career, making him the second-highest Italian goal-scorer of all time.

 6 Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi
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Famous As: Italian motorcycle road racer
Birthdate: February 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tavullia, Italy

Valentino Rossi is an Italian motorcycle road racer. Having won nine Grand Prix World Championships, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle racers ever. Apart from being a famous racer, Valentino Rossi also owns the Sky Racing Team VR46, which competes in the Moto3 and Moto2 classes.

 7 Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Reggiolo

Carlo Ancelotti had humble beginnings as a midfielder in Italian club football. He was part of the Italian national squad in two World Cups and one UEFA Euro, and is one of three managers who have won the UEFA Champions League thrice, twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid.

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 8 Bruno Sammartino

Bruno Sammartino
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: October 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pizzoferrato, Italy
Died: April 18, 2018

Bruno Sammartino was an Italian-American wrestler. He was one of the most popular wrestlers to participate in the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) during the 1960s and 1970s. Nicknamed The Strongest Man in the World, Sammartino is often considered one of the greatest wrestlers ever. In 2013, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

 9 Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo
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Famous As: Football player, Football Coach
Birthdate: May 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Flero, Italy

Italian professional football coach and former player. Andrea Pirlo, is currently the head coach of football club Juventus. As a player, he was known for his ball control. He retired after playing 116 matches for the Italian national football team. He was elected into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

 10 Roberto Baggio

Roberto Baggio
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Caldogno, Italy
Italian former footballer Roberto Baggio is the only Italian to score goals in three World Cups, in 1990, 1994, and 1998. He was the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1993. Nicknamed “The Divine Ponytail" for his peculiar hairstyle, he also became the Goodwill Ambassador of the UN’s FAO.

 11 Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza
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Famous As: Professional Baseball catcher
Birthdate: September 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA

Currently the manager of the Italian national baseball team, Mike Pizza played in the Major League Baseball (MLB) for sixteen seasons, winning a total of ten Silver Slugger Awards. Beginning his career with Los Angeles Dodgers, he exploded on the national season in the very next year, eventually joining New York Mets, recording 427 home runs during his spectacular MLB career.

 12 Emiliano Sala

Emiliano Sala
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cululú, Santa Fe
Died: January 21, 2019

Emiliano Sala was an Argentine football player who played for prominent French clubs like Bordeaux and Nantes. He was renowned for his powerful strike and eye for goal. In 2019, he was included in the Nantes Team of the Decade. Emiliano Sala died in a plane crash on 21 January 2019. His body was recovered four days after the crash.

 13 Ciro Immobile

Ciro Immobile
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torre Annunziata

Ciro Immobile is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker. He is currently affiliated with Serie A club Lazio and the Italian national team. He began playing football as a young boy and made his professional debut in his late teens. He has played with several teams, including Juventus, Genoa, Torino, and Sevilla in the past. 

 14 Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: October 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome

Claudio Ranieri is an Italian football manager and the current head coach of Sampdoria, a football club which competes in Serie A. As a manager, Ranieri has won several honors, such as the 2016 LMA Manager of the Year and the Best FIFA Men's Coach. A former player, Ranieri was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

 15 Fabio Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Italian former football star Fabio Cannavaro was part of his country’s 2006 World Cup-winning team and now coaches the Chinese football club Guangzhou. He has won awards such as the Ballon d'Or and was the only defender to earn the FIFA World Player of the Year tag.

 16 Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini
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Famous As: Football Manager & Former Footballer Forward
Birthdate: November 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Iesi, Italy

 17 Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso
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Famous As: Football Player, Manager
Birthdate: December 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Corigliano Calabro, Italy
Italian former footballer Gennaro Gattuso is best known for his stint with Milan and won titles such as the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup with them. He was part of Italian squad that won the FIFA World Cup 2006. He now manages the football club Napoli.

 18 Giacomo Casanova

Giacomo Casanova
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Famous As: Adventurer
Birthdate: April 2, 1725
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: June 4, 1798
Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova is best remembered for his memoir, Histoire de ma vie, which serves as a mirror of 18th-century European lifestyle. His countless affairs made him synonymous with the word "womanizer." He also befriended the European royalty and church authorities, and was quite fond of gambling.

 19 Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosario

Argentine footballer, Mauro Icard,i plays as a striker for Ligue 1 club, Paris Saint-Germain, and the Argentina national team. He began playing football as a boy and made his senior debut in 2012. He is known for his excellent attacking movement, positioning, and eye for goal. His marriage to a teammate’s ex-wife is a subject of controversy.

 20 Matteo Berrettini

Matteo Berrettini
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 12, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Matteo Berrettini is an Italian tennis player who is currently the best-ranked Italian according to the ATP Rankings. Matteo Berrettini created history in 2021 when he became the first Italian to reach a Wimbledon Championship final where he lost against the two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic. An aggressive player, Matteo Berrettini is known for his forehand, strong serve, and speed.

 21 Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
The talented but crazy Italian striker Mario Balotelli is one of the most intriguing and exciting footballers around. Love him or hate him, TIME Magazine in 2013 called him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

 22 Lorenzo Insigne

Lorenzo Insigne
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naples

Lorenzo Insigne is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a forward. He is currently affiliated with Serie A club Napoli and the Italian national team. He has over a decade’s experience as a professional and can play on either flank or through the center. He is known for his technical ability, speed, and accuracy from free kicks. 

 23 Christian Vieri

Christian Vieri
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Famous As: Former Footballer Striker position
Birthdate: July 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

 24 Paolo Rossi

Paolo Rossi
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prato, Italy
Died: December 9, 2020

 25 Marco Verratti

Marco Verratti
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pescara

Best known as a central midfielder for Paris Saint-Germain and the Italian national team, Marco Verratti was part of his country’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. He began his career with Pescara and worked his way up with hard work. He was knighted by the Italian government.

 26 Alessandro Nesta

Alessandro Nesta
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 27 Daniele De Rossi

Daniele De Rossi
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Lazio, Italy

Daniele De Rossi is an Italian football coach and former player. He is currently serving as the national football team's assistant coach. A defensive midfielder during his playing career, Daniele helped his team win the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He is the highest-scoring midfielder for Italy post-World War II.

 28 Filippo Inzaghi

Filippo Inzaghi
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: August 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Piacenza

 29 Franco Baresi

Franco Baresi
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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: May 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Travagliato, Italy

 30 Sebastian Giovinco

Sebastian Giovinco
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Turin

Nicknamed the Atomic Ant due to his short stature, Sebastian Giovinco had begun his career with the Juventus youth team. Known for his dribbling skills and ball control tactics, he has been named one of the world’s 100 best footballers by publications such as The Guardian.

 31 Stephan El Shaarawy

Stephan El Shaarawy
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Savona

Stephan El Shaarawy is an Italian football player who was regarded as a potentially world-class player and one of the most promising youngsters at the beginning of his career. El Shaarawy represents his national team as well as the Serie A club Roma. Renowned for his pace and agility, El Shaarawy's playing style has often drawn comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo.

 32 Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: July 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

 33 Emerson Palmieri

Emerson Palmieri
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Famous As: Footballer left-back
Birthdate: August 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santos, São Paulo, Brazil

 34 Matteo Darmian

Matteo Darmian
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Legnano

 35 Claudio Marchisio

Claudio Marchisio
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Turin

 36 Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola
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Famous As: Football manager
Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oliena, Italy

 37 Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello
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Famous As: Football Player & Manager
Birthdate: June 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Canzian d'Isonzo, Italy

Fabio Capello is a former footballer and manager. As a player, he won several trophies in a career that spanned over 15 years. Renowned for creating opportunities for his teammates, Capello is considered one of the best Italian footballers of his generation. He also had a successful career as a manager and is considered one of the greatest managers ever.

 38 Giuseppe Rossi

Giuseppe Rossi
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Famous As: Footballer Forward
Birthdate: February 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States

 39 Lou Albano

Lou Albano
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: July 29, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: October 14, 2009

 40 Antonio Di Natale

Antonio Di Natale
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Naples

 41 Giancarlo Fisichella

Giancarlo Fisichella
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: January 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Giancarlo Fisichella, also known as Giano, has three Formula One World Championship wins in his kitty. The popular racing driver also captains the Nazionale Piloti football team. Throughout his career, he has raced for teams such as Renault, Force India, and Ferrari. He is related to a Sicilian noble family.

 42 Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio
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Famous As: Former footballer Forward
Birthdate: July 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 43 Andrea Bargnani

Andrea Bargnani
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 44 Federico Macheda

Federico Macheda
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome

 45 Nico Mannion

Nico Mannion
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 14, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Siena, Tuscany, Italy

 46 Gianluca Vialli

Gianluca Vialli
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Famous As: Association football player, Journalist, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cremona

Gianluca Vialli is an Italian former football player who played as a striker. He scored 286 goals in more than 500 appearances and is the  tenth-highest scoring Italian footballer in all competitions. After his retirement, he became manager of the English football club Chelsea and was one of the club's most successful managers.

 47 Luca Toni

Luca Toni
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pavullo Nel Frignano, Italy

 48 Davide Astori

Davide Astori
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Giovanni Bianco, Italy
Died: March 4, 2018

 49 Simone Zaza

Simone Zaza
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Policoro

 50 Fabio Borini

Fabio Borini
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bentivoglio