32. Paolo Rossi
Rossi’s career, like his World Cup in 1982, started slowing before building to an incredible, trophy-laden conclusion. He struggled to break into the first team at Juventus in his first spell with the Old Lady, and made his name with Vicenza and Perugia before moving back to Turin in 1981. Diminutive in stature, Rossi was a ruthless finisher and intelligent striker adept at finding space where there seemingly was none.
Despite missing out on Euro 80 while serving a ban for his alleged involvement in a betting scandal at Perugia, he was happily signed by Juventus – and repaid them with goals, firing them to two Scudetti, a Cup Winners’ Cup and the European Cup.
Career highlight: The Spain 82 triumph, including a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over favorites Brazil.