France Football has named Pierluigi Collina the best referee of all time: 'He wrote the history of football.'
With the Ballon d’Or that was not awarded for the year 2020 as a result of the COVID pandemic, the publication has presented its all-time dream team and has named Collina as the best referee of all time.
"When it comes to referees, the first name that comes to mind is his. From his debut in 1977 to his farewell in 2005, Collina wrote the history of football,” writes France Football.
Collina oversaw 240 Serie A games during his career and 109 international matches, included the 2002 World Cup final between Germany and Brazil.
He was named best referee in the world by the IFFHS from 1998 until 2005.
He was included in the Hall of Fame of Italian football in 2011.