Italy hardman Claudio Gentile does the dirty work.
It is one of the game’s great ironies that the softly named Italian defender Claudio Gentile was widely recognised as one of the true “hard men” of his generation.
times, Gentile was uncompromising in his approach to the art of defending and it was en-route to winning the 1982 World Cup that he turned in memorable/eye-watering performances against the likes of playmakers Maradona and Zico.
When asked about his rather over-enthusiastic handling of the Argentine maestro during a game that saw the Italian foul him 23 times, Gentile simply replied: “Football is not for ballerinas.”
And who would argue with him?