Luigi Riva

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Luigi Riva at Cagliari in 1976.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Masahide Tomikoshi

A fantastic striker who is still Italy's highest ever goal scorer with 35, despite playing only 42 times for the Azzurri, an astonishing scoring rate. Only a number of serious injuries prevented Riva from playing more games and scoring even more goals. At club level he is a legend of Cagliari, playing there from 1963 until he retired in 1976, turning down the advances of the real heavyweights of Italian football to stay on Sardinia.

Luigi Riva - Info

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Name: Luigi "Gigi" Riva
Date of Birth: 7th November 1944
Nationality: Italy
Position(s): Striker
Career: 1962 to 1976
Regular Shirt Number(s): 11
Nickname(s): Rombo di Tuono (Rumble of Thunder)