The word elegant was handed its football redundancy in 1989. When Giancarlo Antognoni gave up the game, the term was surplus to requirements. He had been its embodiment for years.

Trophies were few. Loyalty to Fiorentina meant a solitary Coppa Italia, when he could have won more elsewhere. Injury robbed him of the 1982 World Cup final, but he was the architect of that victory. There was also a near-miss Scudetto and the game where he almost died after colliding with a goalkeeper.

A true Bandiera, whose colours never faded. A footballing forefather to Giuseppe Giannini and, later, Andrea Pirlo.

Who would you like to see feature in the weeks to come? Feel free to contribute yourself or make suggestions as to who should be covered via Twitter (I am @ginkers).

The only qualifications are that they must have played in Serie A at some stage and that you have a functioning word count on your computer. The copy must measure exactly 100 words or it ain’t getting in...

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