Franco Baresi (born May 8, 1960 in Travagliato, Italy) was the
outstanding football (soccer) central defender of the Italian
national team team in four World Cups (1982, 1986 1990, and
1994). In World Cup 1994, he missed a penalty in the shootout
after the 0-0 final.
Despite his modest physical appearance, Baresi became a famous
football player by his extraordinary abilities to read the game
and control the pace of the play. He is also one of the few
players who has spent his entire career at one club (A.C. Milan),
for which he played 444 games, scoring 12 goals. He retired from
playing in 1996 aged 36. With Milan, Baresi won six scudettos
and three Champions Cups. His #6 jersey was retired by the club,
a rarity for Italian soccer.
His brother Giuseppe Baresi played for bitter rivals