Roberto Bettega

Roberto Bettega in action

Roberto Bettega at Juventus in 1973.

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Cool name. Cool player. Roberto Bettega was one of Italy's greatest footballers throughout the 1970s, scoring consistently for Juventus from the moment he made his breakthrough in 1970 to his final season with the Old Lady in 1983. Unfortunately, the only season in which he struggled was 1981-82, a knee ligament injury limiting his appearances and forcing him to miss out on Italy's victorious 1982 World Cup campaign, of which he'd undoubtedly been a part of if it wasn't for the injury.

Known as La Penna Bianca (the White Feather) because of his grey hair, Bettega was one of the world's best known footballers in the late 1970s, but it wasn't just his memorable hair and name that made him stand out. He was a terrific modern striker with a range of assets that made him a complete forward - quick, strong, agile, technically proficient, good in the air, and a great finisher with both feet. Bettega had it all, and his contribution in the final third during his 13 seasons helped Juventus to a great list of honours during his time there, including seven Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia victory and a UEFA Cup winners medal. During his career with Juventus, Bettega would form fine strike partnerships with Pietro Anastasi and then Roberto Boninsegna, individually he scored 178 goals and won the Capocannierer as Serie A top-scorer in 1979-80.

Roberto Bettega - Info

Name: Roberto Bettega
Date of Birth: 27th December 1950
Nationality: Italy
Position(s): Striker
Career: 1969 to 1984
Regular Shirt Number(s): 9 and 11 (Juventus), 18 (Italy)
Nickname(s): La Penna Bianca (the White Feather)