Gianni Rivera was born in Alessandria, Italy on Aug. 18, 1943. He started football career from Alessandria in 1959, mostly played as football midfielder. Experienced most of his club career at A.C. Milan, he also enjoyed a highly successful career with in domestic and European football, achieving numerous honors, accolades, titles and trophies.
Pulling on Italy football shirt, he was capped 60 times from 1962 to 1974, winning 14 goals for the Italy national football team. During this period, he participated in World Cups four times for Italy, including the 1962 FIFA World Cup, 1966 FIFA World Cup, 1970 FIFA World Cup and the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Known for elegant style, creative offensive ability, efficiency and dynamic energy, he possessed excellent vision and distinguished techniques. He was widely regarded as the greatest footballer of his generation, claiming a place in the football development of Italy. As a winner of the Ballon d’Or in 1969, he became a number FIFA 100 greatest living footballers in 2004.