Best Italian Soccer Players of the 21st Century

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1Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti is an Italian professional footballer who plays for, and captains, Serie A club Roma.

This list is a big joke. No disrespect to a lot of the players on here but they aren't legends and considering the players Italy has had in the phenomenal history it makes me laugh that certain players were selected. In any case, Totti has scored the second most goals in Italian league history and he wasn't even a striker. He's almost 40, has screws in his ancles and despite his legs slowing down is still a dominant force. He has been called by Pele and Maradona as the best player in the world. Sporting director Perez from Real Madrid said his biggest regret during his career was not being able to buy Totti during Real's Galacticos era. Had Totti moved to a team like Real Madrid or Manchester United the exposure he would have been given would have been 20 times more than what he was given at Roma and he would have easily been considered top 10 or top 5 of all time. Don't believe me? I encourage you to go watch some highlight videos on YouTube of him in his prime. His goals and assists ...more

He is one of the few teenage phenoms to be a GREAT player from start to finish. He as never been given the accolades he deserves because he played for Roma. Had he played for Juventus, Milan, Inter, or Real Madrid he would be given more respect by others and he would have won more trophies. I also feel he was unlucky with the national team. He was wonderful in Euro 2000, the 2002 WC is very suspect, 2004 he was banned - no excuses, and 2006 he did a wonderful job as a second striker and he was not fully fit. But overall I feel that the lack of playing at a big club is what really diminishes his reputation. Lets be honest we all love the attacking talents. No other Italian passes like him and scores like him. Baggio is the only one can be in the same league as Totti

When you talk about the 21st century totti is the best player in Italian Football. Because of more elements:
He reached his athletic pick in that time, instead of Baggio and Del Piero, he win 5 best italian player award, he led Rome to 4 titles, and of course was the best playmaker in all the world along with Zidane.

No Totti no party, simply the best!

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2Alessandro Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero Ufficiale is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a deep-lying forward.

Del piero is better than everyone from 2-10, he was my fav soccer player since I was a kid. he made us win germany and scored a penalty against france in 06. come on if you guys are smart vote for del piero. my friends are spanish and think he's better than half of the spain and argentina team!

Del Piero is simply the greatest Italian player ever. He would probably have been voted as by the other players in top ten. The world seen very few players with his capabilities.

He is the best. Juventus should be proud that having a legend such del piero

He is the best

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3Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi "Gigi" Buffon is an Italian professional goalkeeper who plays for and captains both Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team.

Goaltender in the country and on the best team in the country Juventus - FrankP

Great player NO Totti his well better than Iaquinta and Grosso. - Tomza

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4Andrea PirloAndrea Pirlo is an Italian professional footballer who plays for American club New York City FC in Major League Soccer and the Italy national team.

Pirlo should be higher maybe even #1 for these reasons:
-He is still probably a top 5 maestro at such an old age
-He can also shoot-See his free kicks in the euro 2012!
-He doesn't even have to run very fast to be good
-He is more important than players than Totti because I feel he had a bigger impact for his club and nation
PIRLO ALL THE WAY! GO PIRLO

You don't even have to look him up, he's like 35, and still one of the best at his position. People say "oh, he never runs", doesn't matter.

One of the greatest Italian footballers! Fantastic playmaker, maybe the best in the world! Competing with Xavi & Iniesta and the rest of the top footballers in the world, especially the greatest Spanish ones. Should be way more credited for his contributions for Italy's good performance in Euro 2012 and for Juve's victory of Serie A!

No pirlo no party

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5Daniele De Rossi
6Giorgio Chiellini

Amazing defender amazing passion for games

7Fabio Cannavaro

Watched him play for Real Madrid his ability to read the game even in later years, he wasn't quick much like Bobby Moore, but would watch a players body language, their head, and feet and read what to do and transfer his weight accordingly, when to drop when to step arguably with Baresi and Nesta three of the greatest defenders of all time.

he is so sexy! not to mention, he's amazing at soccer, no one is better. love him.

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8Sebastian Giovinco
9Mario Balotelli

Mario balotelli has a lot of skill and has a good chance of being the best player on Italy for the 2014 world cup

I think Balotelli because he has the skill and the team depend on him. They'd be no team without Balotelli.

Balotelli worked alone as the best Italian offender.

Balotelli is a boss

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10Claudio Marchisio

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11Paolo MaldiniPaolo Cesare Maldini is a former Italian professional footballer who played as a left back and central defender. Maldini captained Italy for 8 years and AC Milan for 12, and was renowned for his leadership skills, earning him the nickname “Il Capitano”, or ‘The Captain’.
12Alessandro Nesta
13Riccardo Montolivo
14Roberto BaggioRoberto Baggio (Italian pronunciation: roˈbɛrto ˈbaddʒo), born 18 Feb 1967, is an Italian former professional footballer who mainly played as a second striker, or as an attacking midfielder. In 1993, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or. He is the former President of ...read more.

Baggio's skills edge Baresi's defending for me, followed by Rivera's skills edging Maldini's defending (current ranking is just wrong with so many recent players - plenty even from the 80's and 90's must be ahead of a lot of them surely)

The best soccer player in Italy and the world

He has been the best Italian player

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15Leonardo Bonucci
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17Alberto Aquilani
18Mauro Camoranesi
19Vincenzo Iaquinta
20Christian Vieri

He was scoring 9 goals in 9 appearances in WC but why he only ranked under best ten? Outrageous!

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