Exclusive Baggio: “Zaniolo, the will counts”


Will is the willpower that makes a difference in cases like this. Of course, the key passage is a well-done, decisive intervention». Seventy-seven days took Roberto Baggio, world recordman of knee injuries, surgical points and rehabilitations, to return to the field after the anterior crusader operation. “I read that Zaniolo was also operated on the meniscus, I did not have that problem, I had finished the meniscus a few years earlier»And down a laugh of those”alla Baggio“. “Like Nicolò I had a short goal, I the World Cup, he has the European Championship. I worked hard, worked overtime and went to Japan many times. The night, in a dream …».

On 31 January in Parma the ligament rupture of the left knee, on 4 February the intervention at Toniolo, on 21 April the return to Brescia-Fiorentina 3-0, first Toni’s goal, then your brace. I still remember the title of the Corriere dello sport, in addition to the excitement of seeing you on the pitch again: “I won another time”.

I never missed anything … I started attending operating rooms in twenty years. Even then the estimated recovery times were four, five months».

Basically it went from “Baggio, goodbye to the World Cup” to “The miracle of the century”, the words spoken by the health managers of Brescia De Nard and Sepelloni.

Professor Marcacci did a great job, then my desire to play the last World Cup intervened in a land that I love and feel a little mine, Dr. Nanni, Antonio, the physiotherapist, and Carlotti, the trainer. The Isokinetic of Bologna. I was in the gym for ten hours straight and the pain was persistent, sometimes unbearable. I remember that in the two weeks after the operation I lost a dozen pounds. And a quintal of tears».

Read the full interview on the Corriere dello Sport-Stadio edition today on newsstands

Rome, Pellegrini and Mancini visiting from Zaniolo


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