Antonio Di Natale, born on 13 October 1977, is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a forward. He is diminutive and versatile and known in particular for his speed, good tactical intelligence and a lethal eye for goal.
His breakthrough subsequently came during the 2002-03 Serie A season, as he scored 13 goals in the league and helped Empoli avoid relegation. His performances and consistent goalscoring earned him a transfer to Udinese in 2004.
During the time when he was playing for Udinese after Empoli, Di Natale won the Serie A top goalscorer award in 2010 and 2011, and was also awarded the Serie A Italian Footballer of the Year for his performances in 2010. In addition, Di Natale won the UEFA European Championship runner-up, putting on Italy Football Shirt. Until May 5, 2013, Di Natale scored 20 goals totally in four consecutive seasons of Serie A. Therefore, he becomes the first player who gets such a high international level.
Unlike most strikers, Di Natale is a late bloomer. He enjoyed his most prolific seasons after the age of 30. In 2009 and 2011, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were the only two players to have scored more league goals than Di Natale. In 2015, France Football rated him as one of the 10 best footballers in the world who is over the age of 36.
His family is more important to him and happiness is more important than reputation and wealth. In August 2010, he rejected a transfer to Italian giants Juventus because his children had grown up in Udine and his family was settled and enjoyed living there.
Antonio Di Natale announced retirement in 2015. With 209 goals, he is the 6th highest goal-scorer in Serie A, and with 311 goals, he is the 8th highest scoring Italian player in all competitions.
Edgar Davids is a professional footballer of Netherlands. He was born in Paramaribo, Suriname on Mar. 13, 1973. When he was young, he became a professional footballer for his team. He transferred to Milan after his career starting with Ajax and after winning some titles of domestic and abroad competitions. He was one of the most capped football players for Netherlands in Netherlands football shirt, scoring numerous goals at 74 matches.
After won the La Liga title in 1996, he joined the AC Milan with then competent footballers — Patrick Kluivert and Reiziger. He was at a loss on football fields after joining AC Milan for not suitable for their strategy. At the instant he adapted himself to the playing strategy of AC Milan, he stuck into injury for half a year. After recovery from injury, he returned to the previous status and created splendid achievements of himself, entering his prime playing career. “The pitbull” has achieved great success for his speed, diligence and tenacious character. He is widely regarded as the greatest footballer in Netherlands.
As one of the greatest professional footballers of the France national football team, Marcel Desailly won numerous honors and trophies for the squad. He was born in Accra, Ghana on Sep. 7, 1968. He was nicknamed “The Rock” for consistency, strength and hard-tackling playing style on football fields. In his whole playing career, Marcel Desailly integrated aggression, stamina and competitive control ability into hard playing style. In view of outstanding performance than ordinary footballers, he was listed into the FIFA 100 in 2001, being an excellent member of the world greatest professional footballer.
In his autobiography, his stance loyal to France is clearly written onto it. There is no doubt that this action won sincere respects from all over the France. In 1993, he accomplished his first appearance at a international competition. Although forced out of the football fields in the final, he is an inevitable footballer pulling on France football shirtfor the French squad. All classic scenes of him on football fields will be inscribed in the hearts of loyal football fans.
Michael Ballack, former midfielder of the Germany national football team, is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of the Germany side. He was born in Görlitz, East Germany on Sep. 26, 1976. In 1995, he became a professional footballer and played for many clubs for many times, winning numerous honors and trophies. From 1999 to 2001, he scored 42 goals at 98 matches.
Besides his raw talent, his personal effort is also another critical factor for his success and achievement gained by him. As a competent and versatile footballer of Germany, he has made great sacrifices for the rising of Germany national football team at international level. The running figure on football fields in Germany football shirtwill remind you how much efforts he had made.
At the end of 20th century, he was regarded as the single tenacious footballer of the Germany squad. Due to his competent ability of range of passing, powerful netting, strong control ability and creativity, he could be put in any position except for goalkeeper.
Roberto Baggio was born in Caldogno, Veneto on Feb. 18, 1967. He started his playing career aged 9, catching attention of youth team of his hometown. As a second striker or an attacking midfielder, he has played many matches for Italy. There are also many reports on him on the internet. For his elegant style, range of passing and creativity on football fields, he is widely taken as one of the greatest footballers of his generation. In 2004, he was list into the FIFA 100 by Pelé for his outstanding performances on football fields.
As one of the best footballer of his generation, he won 27 goals at 56 matches, becoming the fourth highest goal-scorer of the Italy national football team. He was nicknamed the “Divine Ponytail” for his hairstyle throughout his whole playing career. There is no doubt that he was a successful footballer pulling on Italy football shirt. In order to carrying forward his practical skills and rich experiences, he was appointed as the president of the technical sector of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).
Luis Figo was born in Almada, Portugal on Nov. 4, 1972. When he was young, he was sent to a club for the purpose of football training after discovering his interests on football. As a midfielder for Portugal squad, he was the most capped footballer for the Portugal side in Portugal football shirt.
He has played for Sporting CP, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Internazionale for many times, winning numerous trophies and titles. Before the new record creating by Cristiano Ronaldo, he was the record keeper – wining 127 caps for the Portugal national football team. Having been widely taken as the greatest footballer of his generation, Figo is famous for his unique styles, creativity and ability. There are many achievements won by Figo, such as Portuguese Cup, La Liga title, Spanish Cup, Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Champions League.
On behalf of the Portugal, he won 32 goals at international competitions – European Championship and two world cups. Under his assistance, the Portugal national football team won the second place at Euro 2004.