One of the greatest Italy strikers, Roberto Boninsegna turns 74 today. Born in Mantova on 13th November 1943, his career got underway in Serie B with Prato, Potenza and Varese and in 1966 he moved to Cagliari to join Gigi Riva in attack.
The hight point of his career came three years later when he was at Inter. With the Nerazzurri, he won the 1971 Scudetto and he was the top scorer in Serie A for two straight years with 24 and 22 goals. In Milan, he played 281 times (197 in Serie A, 55 in the Coppa Italia and 29 in Europe) and he scored 171 goals (113 in Serie A, 36 in the Coppa Italia and 22 in Europe). In 1976, he moved to Juventus where he remained for three seasons, contributing to two league wins, one Coppa Italia and one UEFA Cup triumph. After 366 appearances in Serie A, he brought his career to a close with Verona in Serie B.
For Italy, ‘Bonimba’ played in 22 matches, scoring nine including the consolation goal in the 4-1 loss to Brazil in the final of the 1970 World Cup. After hanging up his boot,s he led the Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 Italy teams together with Ettore Recagni. His relationship with football ended in his hometown as he coached Mantova before becoming technical director until 2012.