All-time Italy greats

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Italy - the home to Pizza and the Roman Empire, and that's not all either.

Italy has been one of Football's most successful ever countries, from AC Milan's countless Champions League trophies, to the national team's gleaming four World Cups, their last triumph coming as recently as 2006.

But just what is the best Azzuri team to grace a football pitch? Here is a pretty good idea:


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Formation; 3-5-2

GK - Gianluigi Buffon (Caps: 148)

What a dilemma to be started with, imagine being a coach and deciding between Buffon and Dino Zoff? In the end though, Gianluigi's glittering career in Italy along with the 2006 World Cup gets him the nod.

RCB - Fabio Cannavaro (Caps: 136 - Goals: 2)

One of the finest centre-backs of our generation, Cannavaro has to be in this list for his inspirational displays in an Azzurri success at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, including a sensational performance against the hosts in a semi-final victory.

CB - Franco Baresi (Caps: 82 - Goals: 3)

One word, brilliant. Another World Cup winner, this time back in 1982, is arguably one of the best centre backs ever to put on an AC Milan jersey, and that is some feat when you look at their history. Amassing over 500 appearances in a Milan top, Baresi's career is glittered with silverware for such an unbelievable talent.

LCB - Paolo Maldini (Caps: 126 - Goals: 7)

Primarily a left back, Maldini quite simply has to be in this list - another AC Milan legend, Maldini was famed for his brute and commanding strength at the back along with his sheer presence. Having made just under 650 appearances for AC Milan, you can see why.

RDM - Daniele De Rossi (Caps: 100 - Goals: 16)

Yet another one club man in this list, De Rossi is a legend at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Not only that, he's made 100 appearances for the Azzurri and is widely famed for his commanding ability to break up play and provide brilliant cover in front of the back four.

LDM - Andrea Pirlo (Caps: 115 - Goals: 13)

A huge dilemma between him and Alberto Antonini - however Pirlo just gets the nod for his sheer elegance and dictation of games when given the ball. A World Cup winner with Italy and with a decorated trophy case, Pirlo's class is always an asset for any team.

LM - Bruno Conti (Caps: 47 - Goals: 5)

An AS Roma legend amassing over 300 appearances at the Stadio Olimpico, he's arguably the best out an out winger in Italy's history - he's also notably part of the 1982 World Cup winning squad.

RM - Mauro Camoranesi (Caps: 55 - Goals: 5)

Juventus through and through, Mauro Camoranesi could be spotted from a mile away with his curly long hair and trademark tuft. He is also famously part of the 2006 World Cup winning squad.

CAM - Giuseppe Meazza (Caps: 53 - Goals: 33)

A real Italian footballing legend, Meazza dragged Italy to back to back World Cups in the late 1930's. He was famous for his low centre of gravity and extremely quick feet. A real certainty for this team.

ST - Luigi Riva (Caps: 42 - Goals: 35)

Whilst never winning any coveted international tournaments like his legendary counterparts, Riva is by far the most clinical Italian ever to put on a dark blue Azzuri jersey. Scoring an abundance of goals from the mid 1960s to the late 1970s, 'Gigi' climbed his way to the first place as Italy's all time top scorer.

ST - Paolo Rossi (Caps: 48 - Goals: 20)

After winning the Golden Boot at 1982 World Cup triumph and practically dragging Italy to their third title overall, Rossi is a must for this list. A clinical goal poacher, Rossi was always in the right place at the right time - and always to the Azzuri's extreme benefit. An unbelievable talent.

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