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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 December, 2003, 11:39 GMT
Roberto Baggio's career in pictures
Roberto Baggio in action for Juventus in 1993
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Roberto Baggio's transfer to Juventus for a then-world record 8m leads outraged Fiorentina fans to riot on the eve of the 1990 World Cup
Roberto Baggio slaloms through the Czech defence at Italia 90
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Baggio proves his worth with several eye-catching displays at Italia '90, including this superb solo goal against the Czechs
Roberto Baggio lifts the Uefa Cup with Juve in 1993
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After lifting the Uefa Cup with Juve in 1993, Baggio is named Fifa and Uefa Player of the Year
Roberto Baggio celebrates scoring for Italy against Bulgaria in the semi-finals of the 1994 World Cup
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Baggio is in inspirational form at USA '94, guiding the Azzurri to the final with a brilliant brace against Bulgaria
Roberto Baggio misses his spot-kick against Brazil in the 1994 World Cup final
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But Baggio will inevitably be remembered for his decisive penalty shoot-out miss against Brazil in the final
Roberto Baggio is mobbed by Juventus fans at the Stadio Delle Alpi
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Baggio remains hugely popular with Italian fans - here he is mobbed after steering Juve to the Scudetto in 1995
Roberto Baggio demonstrates his skills for AC Milan
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Known as 'The Divine Ponytail' because of his hairstyle and Buddhist beliefs, Baggio wins the title again with Milan in 1996
Roberto Baggio was in outstanding form for Bologna in the1997-98 season
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Often overlooked by coach Fabio Capello, Baggio joins Bologna in 1997 - 22 goals in one season earn him a place at France '98
Demetrio Albertini congratulates Roberto Baggio after his penalty earned Italy a 2-2 draw against Chile at the 1998 World Cup
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Baggio exorcises his spot-kick demons with a penalty against Chile but Italy bow out against France in the quarter-finals
Roberto Baggio joined Inter in 1998
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A move to Inter pairs him with Brazil phenomenon Ronaldo, but injuries mean the pair rarely feature together
Roberto Baggio curls in a superb free-kick against former club Fiorentina
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Though often injured, Baggio excels for his final club, Brescia, before announcing he will retire at the end of the season
Brescia's Roberto Baggio taunts the Parma fans after scoring in a 2-2 draw at the Tardini Stadium
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The veteran nets his 200th Serie A goal with a superb individual effort against Parma - Baggio is only the fifth player to reach the landmark figure

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