Roberto Bettega was born on 27th December 1950 in Turin. His career was always linked to Juventus as he developed in their youth system before spending 13 seasons with the Old Lady. He made a total of 481 appearances which leaves him fifth in the club’s appearance charts behind Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon, Gaetano Scirea and Giuseppe Furino. He also scored 178 goals which leaves him third in the club’s record books behind only Del Piero and Giampiero Boniperti.
Between 1970 and 1983, he won seven Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia twice (1978-79 and 1982-83) and the UEFA Cup once (1976-77). He made an impact on the UEFA Cup win as Juve were losing 2-1 in Bilbao against Athletic but his away goal saw the Bianconeri take the title. In the 1979-80 title, he was Serie A’s top scorer with 16 goals but that wasn’t enough for Juventus to win the title as they finished second behind Inter.
For Italy, he made his debut on 5th June 1975 away in Finland as Italy won 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier. Exactly one year later, he scored his first Azzurri goal as he netted a brace in a 4-2 win over Romania in Milan. On 15th October 1977, he scored four during the return match against Finland in Turin which ended in a 6-1 win. Only five other Azzurri players have managed that feat and they are Carlo Biagi, Alberto Orlando, Francesco Pernigo, Gigi Riva and Omar Sivori.
He took part in the 1978 World Cup, scoring twice as Italy finished fourth and he netted the winner against eventual winners Argentina. Two years later he took part in the European Championship on home soul where the Azzurri finished fourth.
After missing the successful 1982 World Cup through injury, he ended his Italy career on 16th April 1983 as Romania beat Italy 1-0 in a European Championship qualifier. In the end, he made 42 international appearances and scored 19.