Roberto Mancini was born on 27 November 1964 in Jesi. He grew up in the Bologna academy and made his Serie A debut during the 1981/82 season. As a 17-year-old, he finished the season with nine goals from 30 appearances and he was then bought by Sampdoria.
He went on to spend a good 15 years of his career with the Blucerchiati, forming a famous goalscoring partnership with Gianluca Vialli. His time with Il Doria culminated with the Scudetto won in 1991 and he was there when the club made it to the European Cup final the next season only to lose to Barcelona. Mancini added the Cup Winners’ Cup, four Coppa Italia titles and one Supercoppa Italiana to his trophy cabinet during his time with La Samp.
In 1997 he moved to Rome and Lazio. He won another six trophies in a Biancocelesti shirt: one Scudetto, one Cup Winners’ Cup, one European Super Cup, 2 Coppa Italia medals and one Supercoppa Italiana. He ended his career in England at the start of 2001, making five appearances for Leicester City.
Mancini’s international career began before he was even a 20-year-old. On 26 May 1984, Enzo Bearzot gave him his debut in a friendly in Toronto between Canada and Italy which the Azzurri won 2-0 as he came on for Bruno Giordano at the start of the second half. He first goal for his country would come four years later, on 10 June 1988 in the European Championship finals as he put the Azzurri a goal up in what finished as a 1-1 draw with hosts West Germany.
He was selected by Azeglio Vicini to go to the 1990 World Cup although he never played. Mancini remained around the Azzurri set-up following the arrival of Arrigo Sacchi on the bench, scoring three goals during qualification for the 1994 World Cup. However, he did not go to the tournament in the USA and his final international appearance came in a 2-1 friendly defeat against Germany in Stuttgart on 23 March 1994. In total, he made 36 appearances and scored four goals for the Azzurri.
Having finished his playing career, Mancini moved on to become a coach, taking jobs at Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter, Manchester City and Galatasaray before going back to Inter in 2014. As a coach, he has won the Scudetto three times, the Coppa Italia four times, the Supercoppa Italiana twice, the Premier League once, the Community Shield once, the FA Cup once and he also has a Turkish Cup to his name.