Robi opens his heart: "I'd return for our youths". About Lippi and the other managers he has played for: "I had the love of the people and took their spotlight: hence the difficult relations". About today's football: "I am excited about Messi"
MILAN, 29 March 2008 - We meet Baggio on an early-spring Sunday morning. He is with 5 thousand people: young Buddhists like him who have gathered in the Assago-Milano Palasport for a celebration meeting. His presence had not been announced, needless to say, otherwise there would have been a crowd of journalists trying to get even a single word out of him. Roberto Baggio is like that: introvert and serene in his new post-football daily rhythms. Hundreds of people looking for interviews, thrills and stories keep knocking on his door, in vain, protected by his loyal friend and manager Vittorio Petrone
They all bounce back including heads of State and Government. Roberto hides his life like he hid the ball, which often only resurfaced to enter the goal. He does not want to waste it: it is dedicated to a few old friends, to hunting, his great passion, to the countryside, to his beloved Argentina, to his wife-friend-accomplice Andreina, his three children, the odd trip as FAO ambassador, to militant faith, without showing off.