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
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 Francesco Totti

Francesco Totti
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Famous As: Italian Footballer
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

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 3 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.  

 4 Roberto Baggio

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

 5 Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero
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Famous As: Footballer
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.

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 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: Wrestler
Birthdate: October 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pizzoferrato, Abruzzo
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.

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 9 Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo
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Famous As: Italian footballer
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 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.

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 11 Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lecce

Antonio Conte is an Italian football manager who has worked with popular teams like Juventus Football Club and Chelsea Football Club. A former player, Conte was widely regarded as one of the most prominent Italian midfielders at that time. One of the most influential and celebrated players in Juventus' history, Antonio Conte helped the team win the UEFA Champions League.

 12 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.

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 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 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.

 15 Roberto Mancini

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

 16 Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Corigliano Calabro
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.
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 17 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.

 18 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. 

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 19 Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palermo
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.

 20 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.

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 21 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

 22 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.

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 23 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

 24 Christian Vieri

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

 25 Franco Baresi

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

 26 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.

 27 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.

 28 Fabiano Caruana

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

 29 Giuseppe Rossi

Giuseppe Rossi
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Clifton

 30 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

 31 Claudio Marchisio

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

 32 Gianfranco Zola

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

 33 Matteo Darmian

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

 34 Antonio Di Natale

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

 35 Andrea Bargnani

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

 36 Federico Macheda

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

 37 Simone Zaza

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

 38 Luca Toni

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

 39 Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

 40 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
Birthplace: Rome

 41 Fabio Borini

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

 42 Camila Giorgi

Camila Giorgi
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Macerata, Italy

 43 Marco Materazzi

Marco Materazzi
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lecce, Italy

 44 Fabio Quagliarella

Fabio Quagliarella
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 31, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Castellammare di Stabia

 45 Dino Zoff

Dino Zoff
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mariano del Friuli, Italy

 46 Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali
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Famous As: Bicycler
Birthdate: November 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Messina, Sicily, Italy

 47 Giuseppe Meazza

Giuseppe Meazza
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: August 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Milan
Died: August 21, 1979

 48 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.

 49 Geno Auriemma

Geno Auriemma
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Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: March 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montella, Campania, Italy

 50 Nico Mannion

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