Many people remember the names of the top players and the best times of the world-famous Italian football club, S.S. Lazio. As players retire, calcio supporters worldwide can only wish them good luck and happiness. However, it can be difficult for many footballers to leave the professional sport behind. Many take on coaching roles. Others work in sports media. Some spend more time with their families. Those who do not have the time to find love often go into an active search for it. This is evidenced by the growing number of athletes on Askme4date.com. Below, a brief look into the careers of five great retired Biancocelesti players.
Played With Lazio From 1993—2003
Luca Marchegiani, nicknamed Il Conte ‘The Count’ because of his composure and calmness on the field, was an Italian goalkeeper. After winning several awards with Torino, in 1993, Lazio paid a then world-record fee for a goalkeeper of £6 million. Marchegiani was in the nets for Lazio during one of the club’s most successful periods. He won the Serie A title (Scudetto), the Coppa Italia twice, as well as two Supercoppa Italiana. The club also had success in Europe with Marchegiani in the team – winning the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
Played With Lazio From 1985—2002
Allesandro Nesta needs no introduction. A true Lazio legend, he captained the side for well over a decade. Nesta is widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs of all time. He was awarded the ‘Serie A Defender of the Year’ award on four occasions, as well as being named in the annual ‘UEFA Team of the Year’ on four occasions. He captained Lazio to domestic and European honours. Nesta also had an illustrious international career. He earned 78 caps for his country and was a member of Italy’s World Cup-winning team in 2006. He has stayed in the game since retiring. Currently, he is the Manager of Serie B club, Frosinone.
Played With Lazio From 1993—2005
Paolo Negro is perhaps best known for scoring an own goal in a derby match in December 2000 against Lazio’s fierce rivals, A.S. Roma. However, Lazio fans will forgive him for this unhappy claim to fame and remember his dedicated service to the club instead. The versatile, tough-tackling defender made 264 appearances for Lazio and was a part of a team that experiences a lot of domestic and European success. He was also a member of Italy’s World Cup squad in 2000 when they finished as runners up.
Played With Lazio From 1998—2004
Siniša Mihajlović – a versatile defender and midfielder – had a 20-year career, playing for 7 clubs. But it was with Lazio that he made the most appearances (126), and won the most titles and honours. Mihajlović also earned 63 caps for the national team of Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro. Widely regarded as one of the best free-kick takers of all time, Mihajlović co-holds the Serie A record for the most goals from free-kicks.
Paolo Di Canio
Played With Lazio From 1985—1990, 2004—2006
Paolo Di Canio enjoyed two spells with Lazio. During his first period with the club, he earned hero status for life with Lazio fans. He scored the winner in the first Rome derby of the season, playing a major part in the club’s narrow escape from relegation in the 1988-89 season. He went on to play for several other Italian clubs before he enjoyed success for clubs in the Scottish and English leagues. He returned to Lazio for a second spell in 2004. The Lazio faithful warmly welcomed him back. Di Canio is regarded as very much ‘one of their own’, being born and bred in Rome and having been a boyhood Lazio fan.