Thursday February 10 2011
Schillaci: 'I threw a punch at Baggio!'

Italia ‘90 hero Totò Schillaci has sensationally revealed he “once got into a fist-fight with Roberto Baggio” and threatened to have a player shot.

The now retired Italy striker was Baggio's teammate for the Nazionale and at Juventus, but they didn't always get along.

“We were friends and shared the same room in pre-match hotels,” Schillaci told Mediaset Premium.

“He barely said a word, generally. Despite all this, we once got into a fist-fight. In fact, I was the one who threw a punch at him.”

The World Cup hitman then left Juventus in 1992-93, but the reasons behind the move were unusual.

“Why did I join Inter? It's very simple: the club did not forgive me for leaving my wife. I wasn't meant to do that so, without much debate, they sold me.

“My years at Inter were a total disappointment. I don't know why, but I never played there.

“The other great regret is that I never got to wear the Palermo jersey. As a child they didn't want me and at the end of the career, when I returned from Japan and knocked on their door to offer my services for free, they again said no thanks.

“However, the biggest regret I have is when I said to Bologna player Poli: ‘I'll have you shot.' It was a phrase said in the heat of the moment, but I really shouldn't have done it. I paid the consequences for a long time.”

Schillaci is most famous for his heroics in Italia '90, finishing top scorer and taking the hosts to third place.

“The night of Italy-Argentina, I was the one who told Coach Azeglio Vicini that I didn't feel up to taking a penalty in the shoot-out,” he revealed.

“We lost, unfortunately, but I continue to believe if we'd played that game in Rome rather than Naples, then we would've reached the Final.”

The Stadio San Paolo was famously split, as some Napoli fans chose to support Diego Armando Maradona's Argentina rather than Italy.

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