While classmates dreamed of being Kevin Keegan or Kenny Dalglish, some of us harboured hopes of emulating a grey-haired striker. Roberto Bettega, Bobby-gol, was an idol of UK Italians in the 1970s.

Slimline, stylish and deadly in the air he was one of the few Serie A players to get any profile on these shores. His partnership with Paolo Rossi at the 1978 World Cup, that perfect one-two to kill Argentina, cemented his reputation.

Along with the moustachioed Franco Causio he formed a fantastic forward line and almost made it OK, for a while at least, to like the Bianconeri.

Previous editions - Giancarlo Antognoni: 100-word hero #1

Who would you like to see feature in these snapshots of Calcio greats? Maybe you would like to contribute one of your own. The only conditions are that they must have played in Serie A, and your tribute must be exactly 100 words. Contact me via Twitter (@ginkers) to make sure I have not already got your idea in the pipeline.

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