Nicola Berti was born in Salsomaggiore Terme on 14th April 1967.
He spent his youth with the Parma academy and developed into a very versatile midfielder with a good instinct for goal. After a three-year spell at Fiorentina, Berti moved to Inter in 1988, where he really broke through: With the Nerazzurri, he won a historic Serie A title, two UEFA Cups and an Italian Super Cup. He left Inter in 1998 and had experiences in England (Tottenham Hotspur), Spain (Alaves) and Australia (Northern Spirit) in the final years of his career, which ended at 33 years of age.
Berti played for the Italy Under-21 national team before getting called up for the senior team for the first time for a friendly against Norway (10th October 1988). He became a crucial part of the Azzurri midfield after that and head coach Azeglio Vicini subsequently included him in the squad which took part in the 1990 World Cup held in Italy, where the Azzurri finished third. He was also part of the team that finished second at the 1994 World Cup held in the USA. Berti won his 39th and final cap on 21st June 1995. He scored three goals for the Azzurri throughout his career.