Alessandro Del Piero and Ruud Gullit are among the legends inducted into Italian football’s Hall of Fame in today’s ceremony.
Every year since 2011, 10 names have been inducted into the Hall of Fame in the categories of Italian player, foreign player, Italian Coach, Italian director, referee, Italian veteran and female Italian player.
There is also an ‘In Memoriam’ category featuring names such as Valentino Mazzola, Artemio Franchi and Cesare Maldini.
In December the FIGC announced the inductees for 2017, and the official ceremony took place today.
Del Piero has made more appearances and scored more goals than anyone else for Juventus, and won the World Cup with Italy in 2006.
In total he made 705 appearances for the Bianconeri, scoring 290 goals and winning six Scudetti - not including the two revoked in the Calciopoli scandal - as well as the Champions League, the Coppa Italia and the Intercontinental Cup.
Bruno Conti was a Scudetto winner with Roma in 1983, having won the World Cup with Italy the previous year, and he was the veteran selection.
Gullit was a key part of Arrigo Sacchi’s famous Milan side, with the Dutchman winning three Scudetti and two European Cups with the Rossoneri, before lifting the Coppa Italia with Sampdoria.
Osvaldo Bagnoli, who won Serie A with Verona in 1985 was inducted in the Coach category, with Elisabetta Vignotto being admitted for her legendary career in women’s football.
A striker, Vignotto is said by some to have scored 107 goals in 109 games for Italy, though the FIGC maintains the figure is 97 goals in 95 national team games.
The in memoriam selections were Stefano Farina, Italo Allodi, Renato Dall’Ara, and Arpad Weisz.
Italian football Hall of Fame:
Italian players: Roberto Baggio (2011), Paolo Maldini (2012), Franco Baresi (2013), Fabio Cannavaro (2014), Gianluca Vialli (2015), Giuseppe Bergomi (2016), Alessandro Del Piero (2017)
Foreign players: Michel Platini (2011), Marco Van Basten (2012), Gabriel Batistuta (2013), Diego Armando Maradona (2014), Ronaldo (2015), Paulo Roberto Falcão (2016), Ruud Gullit (2017)
Italian Coaches: Arrigo Sacchi (2011), Marcello Lippi (2011), Giovanni Trapattoni (2012), Fabio Capello (2013), Carlo Ancelotti (2014), Roberto Mancini (2015), Claudio Ranieri (2016), Osvaldo Bagnoli (2017)
Italian directors: Adriano Galliani (2011), Giampiero Boniperti (2012), Massimo Moratti (2013), Giuseppe Marotta (2014), Corrado Ferlaino (2015), Silvio Berlusconi (2016), Sergio Campana (2017)
Referees: Pierluigi Collina (2011), Luigi Agnolin (2012), Paolo Casarin (2012), Cesare Gussoni (2013), Sergio Gonella (2013), Stefano Braschi (2014), Roberto Rosetti (2015)
Veterans: Gigi Riva (2011), Dino Zoff (2012), Gianni Rivera (2013), Sandro Mazzola (2014), Marco Tardelli (2015), Paolo Rossi (2016), Bruno Conti (2017)
Female Italian players: Carolina Morace (2014), Patrizia Panico (2015), Melania Gabbiadini (2016), Elisabetta Vignotto (2017)
In memoriam: Giovanni Ferrari, Giuseppe Meazza, Silvio Piola, Gaetano Scirea, Enzo Bearzot, Fulvio Bernardini, Vittorio Pozzo, Ferruccio Valcareggi, Ottorino Barassi, Artemio Franchi, Giovanni Mauro (2011), Valentino Mazzola, Angelo Schiavio, Nereo Rocco, Concetto Lo Bello (2012), Eraldo Monzeglio (2013), Ferruccio Novo, Carlo Carcano, Giacomo Bulgarelli (2014), Giacinto Facchetti, Helenio Herrera, Umberto Agnelli (dal 2015), Nils Liedholm, Giulio Campanati, Cesare Maldini (2016), Stefano Farina, Italo Allodi, Renato Dall’Ara, Arpad Weisz (2017)