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He was not the biggest, the strongest, the most powerful or the fastest of defenders, but he is right up there with the very best of them.

In the land of catenaccio, Baresi was king; a libero who revolutionised the position, a captain who led by example, and a leader who commanded respect without needing to say a great deal.

For 20 years, from 1977 to 1997, this master of the defensive arts stayed true to one club: AC Milan.

And during the course of an international career that spanned 14 years, from 1980 to 1994, he won 81 caps and played a part in some of Italy’s finest ever achievements.

A FIFA Legend, Baresi has some fascinating stories to tell as he turns 60, not least about the three FIFA World Cup™ competitions he graced.

To mark his birthday, FIFA.com asked him to look back on his career and give his views on today’s defenders.

He was not the biggest, the strongest, the most powerful or the fastest of defenders, but he is right up there with the very best of them. 

In the land of catenaccio, Baresi was king; a libero who revolutionised the position, a captain who led by example, and a leader who commanded respect without needing to say a great deal. 

For 20 years, from 1977 to 1997, this master of the defensive arts stayed true to one club: AC Milan. And during the course of an international career that spanned 14 years, from 1980 to 1994, he won 81 caps and played a part in some of Italy’s finest ever achievements.

A FIFA Legend, Baresi has some fascinating stories to tell as he turns 60, not least about the three FIFA World Cup™ competitions he graced. To mark his birthday, FIFA.com asked him to look back on his career and give his views on today’s defenders.l

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