Italy legend Roberto Baggio 'injured after being hit on the head by a gun' in terrifying ordeal

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Italy legend Roberto Baggio was attacked by armed robbers at his home last night while watching his country's 1-0 defeat to Spain at Euro 2024.

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway


Published: 21/06/2024

- 09:10

Updated: 21/06/2024

- 09:25

The former football star made 56 appearances for his country during his playing days

Italy legend Roberto Baggio was attacked by armed robbers at his home last night while watching his country's 1-0 defeat to Spain at Euro 2024.

The forward, who made 56 appearances for Italy during his playing days, was at his home in Altavilla Vicentina at around 10pm local time when a gang of five broke in.


Baggio attempted to fight the thugs off but was hit in the head with the butt of a gun, before later being locked in a room.

His family were also locked up, with the robbers proceeding to steal watches, jewellery and money.

Roberto Baggio

Italy legend Roberto Baggio was attacked by armed robbers at his home last night while watching his country's 1-0 defeat to Spain at Euro 2024.

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According to Corriere della Sera, Baggio was able to break his family out of the room they were kept in.

The robbery is said to have taken place over 40 minutes and the armed robbers were able to get away before police could arrive at the scene.

Police officers have been handed CCTV footage to assist their inquiry, with Baggio also taken to hospital in Arzignano, which is roughly eight minutes from his home.

He was treated for his forehead injury and was stitched up by hospital workers.

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His family, understandably, have been left terrified by the incident.

In recent years, more and more footballers and former players have been targeted by robbers - both in Britain and overseas.

Baggio spent his entire 22-year career strutting his stuff in Italy, playing for three of the biggest clubs in Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.

He won two Serie A titles - one with Juventus in 1995 and the other with AC Milan the following year.

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Baggio was also part of the Italy side that reached the final of the 1994 World Cup, with Brazil winning on penalties.

The Gli Azzurri icon missed a spot-kick as his nation crashed to defeat following a goalless draw.

He also starred as they finished third four years previously, with Germany winning the World Cup that year.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Italy crashed to a 1-0 defeat to Spain - with an own goal from Riccardo Calafiori proving to be the difference between the two sides.

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Roberto Baggio at the 1994 World Cup after Italy lost to Brazil on penalties

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And manager Luciano Spalletti admitted his side were outclassed by Spain on the night, with their hopes of playing in the knockout stages hanging in the balance.

"They caused us problems beyond what the scoreline suggests and we can't beat around the bush on that," he said.

"There was too much of a gulf in terms of sharpness and freshness.

"We were never in the game."

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Roberto Baggio won the Ballon d'Or during his playing days

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He continued: "Everyone would love to copy Spain. They have played the best football for the longest time.

I need to make my players aware of how important this match is because it becomes very challenging if you just sit deep.

"You have to overhaul the concept and mentality of the team and just chase after the ball and cede it to them. But I don't want to play like that.

"I don't know how to coach how to do that. I'm the least-suited person to do that so you need to play the ball and keep possession.

"And try to get hold of the game and take it by the scruff of the neck. That's the only way."

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