Famous Italian Sportspersons

Find out more about the greatest Italian Sportspersons, including Valentino Rossi, Carlo Ancelotti, Claudio Ranieri, Mario Balotelli and Francesco Totti

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 1 Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
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 Valentino Rossi

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

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.

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 3 Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo
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Famous As: Italian footballer
Birthdate: May 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

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.

 4 Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

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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 5 Francesco Totti

Francesco Totti
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Famous As: Italian Footballer
Birthdate: September 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian

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

 6 Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: October 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian

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.

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 7 Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
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 8 Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti
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Birthdate: February 28, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Croatian, Italian, American

 Italian-born American former racing driver, Mario Andrett,i is the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, and the Formula One World Championship. He is considered one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport.  Over the course of his long career, he has is the only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades (1967, 1978, and 1984). 

 9 Leonardo Bonucci

Leonardo Bonucci
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 10 Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri
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Famous As: association football player, association football manager
Birthdate: January 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian

 11 Ciro Immobile

Ciro Immobile
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian

 12 Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 13 Bruno Sammartino

Bruno Sammartino
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: October 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian, American
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.

 14 Roberto Baggio

Roberto Baggio
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
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.

 15 Fabio Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: September 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian

 16 Stephan El Shaarawy

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

 17 Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
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 Sebastian Giovinco

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

 19 Massimiliano Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri
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Famous As: Italian Football Manager
Birthdate: August 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

Massimiliano Allegri is an Italian football coach and former player. As a player, he was associated with various Italian clubs as a midfielder. He began his managerial career in 2003 and went on to win the Panchina d'Oro Award for best Serie A coach in 2009. He joined Juventus in 2014 and helped the team win four consecutive domestic doubles. 

 20 Matteo Darmian

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

 21 Filippo Inzaghi

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

 22 Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: November 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian

 23 Marco Verratti

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

 24 Daniele De Rossi

Daniele De Rossi
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

 25 Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian

 26 Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza
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Famous As: Professional Baseball catcher
Birthdate: September 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian, American

 27 Davide Astori

Davide Astori
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 4, 2018

 28 Roberto Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: May 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Swiss, Italian

 29 Lorenzo Insigne

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

 30 Federico Macheda

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

 31 Simone Zaza

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

 32 Christian Vieri

Christian Vieri
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian

 33 Giuseppe Rossi

Giuseppe Rossi
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian, American

 34 Luca Toni

Luca Toni
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

 35 Alessandro Nesta

Alessandro Nesta
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian

 36 Claudio Marchisio

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

 37 Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: June 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

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 Andrea Bargnani

Andrea Bargnani
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 39 Antonio Di Natale

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

 40 Geno Auriemma

Geno Auriemma
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Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: March 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian

 41 Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian

 42 Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: July 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian, American

 43 Fabio Borini

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

 44 Marco Materazzi

Marco Materazzi
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

 45 Federico Bernardeschi

Federico Bernardeschi
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian

 46 Flavia Pennetta

Flavia Pennetta
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian

 47 Andrea Barzagli

Andrea Barzagli
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 48 Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

 49 Franco Baresi

Franco Baresi
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 50 Fabio Quagliarella

Fabio Quagliarella
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 31, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian