The 1991/92 Serie A season was an exciting one for Italian football fans. AC Milan, with their incredible team, were the team to beat. However, they were not the only contenders, with Juventus and defending champions, Sampdoria, also having strong squads.
AC Milan dominated the league from start to finish, going unbeaten in all 34 matches. Their impressive campaign was largely down to their solid defence including legendary players Maldini, Baresi, Costacurta and Tassotti, which only conceded 21 goals throughout the season.
Juventus finished in second place, their star player, Roberto Baggio, had an outstanding season, scoring 18 goals.
Bari, Cremonese, Verona and Ascoli were all relegated to the Serie B.
In 1992, cards were not common for the Serie A, with most products being in sticker form. The Score 92 set was a great success, being sold worldwide, due to the Serie A’s standing in football. A fun set to rank featuring many player’s first ever cards!
Let’s get into the top 10!
10 – Giuseppe Signori Rookie Card – #105 – Rookie Sticker from Panini Calciatori 1988/89
Giuseppe Signori was player who was known for his goal-scoring prowess and his ability to create chances for his teammates. He started his career with Serie B club Piacenza in 1984, and gradually developed into a top striker over the years. However, it was his time at Foggia during the 1991/92 season that he truly made a name for himself.
During that season, Signori scored 11 goals in 32 matches, scoring >10 goals for the third season straight. His performances earned him a move to Lazio the following season where he lit up the Serie A, scoring 26, and scoring 23 goals in the season after that!
Signori was a quick, agile and technically gifted forward who was equally comfortable with both feet. He possessed an excellent first touch, which allowed him to bring the ball under control quickly and set himself up for a shot on goal. He was also a fantastic passer of the ball, and often dropped deep to link up with his midfielders and create opportunities for his teammates.
Signori went on to have a long successful career, retiring in the 2003/04 season with Bologna.
9 – Aldair Rookie Card – #215 – Rookie Sticker from Abril Copa União 1986/87
Aldair Santos do Nascimento, simply known as Aldair, is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as a center-back. He was known for his physical presence, aerial ability, and excellent tackling skills.
During his time at Roma in the 1991/92 season, Aldair was an instrumental part of their squad, playing in 33 matches and scoring 3 goals. He was part of a strong defence that helped Roma to finish in fifth place in the Serie A that season. Aldair’s performances earned him recognition as one of the best defenders in the league and established him as a key player for both Roma and the Brazilian national team.
Aldair continued to play for Roma for another ten years, helping the club win the Serie A title in 2001. He also played for the Brazilian national team, earning 80 caps and playing in three World Cups, including Brazil’s victorious campaign in 1994.
Aldair is considered to be one of the greatest Brazilian defenders of all time and a true legend of Italian football.
8 – Fabrizio Ravanelli Rookie Card – #338 – Rookie Sticker from Euroflash Calcio 1989/90
Fabrizio Ravanelli was a striker who had a distinguished career in Serie A during the 1990s. He was known for his clinical finishing, physical strength, and tireless work rate. Ravanelli was a versatile forward who was equally comfortable playing as a central striker or on either flank.
During his early career, Ravanelli played for clubs such as Perugia, Casertana, Avellino and Reggiana, where he had a standout season in 1991/92. Playing as a center forward for Reggiana, Ravanelli scored 8 goals in 32 appearances, helping the club finish 7th in the Serie B.
Ravanelli’s performances during that season caught the attention of Juventus, who signed him ahead of the 1992/93 campaign. At Juventus, Ravanelli became a key player in a star-studded team that included the likes of Roberto Baggio, Gianluca Vialli, and Del Piero. Ravanelli scored an impressive 20 goals in his 30 continental games for Juventus, helping the team win the UEFA Cup and UCL title. Ravanelli’s continental record is a testament to his ability to rise to the occasion in big games.
After Juventus, Ravanelli became a bit of a nomad, playing for various clubs across Europe.
7 – Alessandro Costacurta Rookie Card – #170 – Rookie Sticker from Panini Calciatori 1989/90
Alessandro Costacurta was a world-class Italian defender who spent the vast majority of his career with AC Milan. He was known for his defensive intelligence, strong tackling ability, and excellent positioning. Costacurta was also an excellent reader of the game and was renowned for his ability to anticipate and intercept passes.
In the 1991/92 season, Costacurta was a key member of the AC Milan squad that won the Serie A title. He formed a formidable defensive partnership with Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini, and their performances helped the team to concede just 21 goals and recorded 0 defeats all season! Costacurta’s defensive abilities were on full display throughout the campaign, as he made numerous key interceptions and tackles to deny opposition attacks.
Off the ball, Costacurta was an intelligent and composed defender, and he was known for his excellent reading of the game. He was also a threat in the air, thanks to his impressive height and timing, and he was often used as a target for set pieces. In addition to his defensive abilities, Costacurta was also capable on the ball and he developed his game to launch attacks from deep positions. His composure and skill on the ball made him an important part of AC Milan’s build-up play, and he was often tasked with starting moves from the back.
Alessandro Costacurta won numerous titles with AC Milan during his career, including seven Serie A titles, 3 UCL titles, 5 Super Cup titles.
6 – Diego Simeone Rookie Card – #333 – Rookie Sticker Panini Calciatori 1990/91
Diego Simeone was known for his tenacity, hard work, and determination on the pitch. He was a tough-tackling midfielder who had excellent positional sense, which allowed him to break up opposition attacks and intercept passes. Simeone was also a leader on the pitch and had great tactical awareness, often dictating the tempo of the game and rallying his teammates.
He was not known for his technical ability or flashy play but instead for his physicality and work rate. Simeone was a player who would never give up, and his commitment to the game made him a fan favourite. His no-nonsense approach and willingness to do the dirty work made him a crucial player for any team he played for.
In the 1991/92 season, Simeone played for Pisa in Serie B, helping the team avoid relegation with his impressive performances in midfield. He played in 24 league matches, and was signed by Sevilla the following season. He then went on to play for various clubs including: Atletico, Inter, Lazio and Racing Club. Over his career, he was ever-present in Argentina capping his nation over 100 times.
After his playing career, Simeone became a manager and achieved great success with teams such as River Plate, Catania, Racing Club, and most notably, Atletico Madrid.
5 – Gianfranco Zola Rookie Card – #190 – Rookie Sticker from Panini Calciatori 1989/90
Zola was a diminutive attacking midfielder who possessed a rare combination of technical ability, vision, and an eye for goal. He was also known for his agility, balance, and incredible pace.
In his early career, Zola played for Sardinian clubs Nuorese and Torres before earning a move to Serie A side Napoli for the 1989/90 season. He had a breakout year in the 1991/92, where he became a key player for the club. He scored 12 goals in 34 appearances that season, which was an impressive feat for an attacking midfielder, and for Napoli, finishing fourth in the league.
Zola’s style of play was characterized by his excellent dribbling skills, which allowed him to glide past defenders with ease. He was also known for his vision and creativity, which made him a formidable playmaker. His pinpoint passes and accurate crosses set up many of his teammates’ goals. Zola was equally adept at scoring goals himself, having the knack for the unexpected.
After leaving Napoli, Zola went on to play for Parma, Chelsea, and Cagliari. At Chelsea, he became a cult hero and played an integral part in the club’s success in the late 1990s. In 2006, Zola was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.
4 – Marco van Basten – #174 – Rookie Sticker from Panini Voetbal 1982/83
Marco van Basten was an incredibly skilled striker with a versatile play style. He was known for his exceptional technical ability and his ability to score goals in a variety of ways. Van Basten had excellent ball control, which allowed him to dribble past defenders with ease. He was also a deadly finisher, known for his ability to score goals with both feet and his head.
Van Basten was not just a pure goal-scorer, he was also a creative player who could set up his teammates with his vision and passing ability. He had a great understanding of the game and was able to read the play well, positioning himself in the right areas to create scoring opportunities. Additionally, van Basten was a tireless worker on the field, always looking to contribute to
Van Basten’s 1991/92 season with AC Milan was one of his best. He scored 25 goals in 31 league appearances to help Milan to win the Serie A title. He also won the Ballon d’Or that year for the third time in his career, having previously won it in 1988 and 1989. Van Basten’s career was unfortunately cut short due to persistent injuries, and he retired in 1995 at the age of 30.
Despite his relatively short career, Marco van Basten’s legacy as a footballer is considered to be one of the greatest in the history of the sport. He scored 282 goals in 379 appearances in all competitions for club, and his goal-scoring record at international level was 24 goals in 58.
3 – Paolo Maldini – #168 – Rookie Sticker from Panini Calciatori 1985/86
Paolo Maldini is considered one of the greatest defenders in football history. He spent his entire professional career with AC Milan, playing as a left-back and transitioning into a center back later in his career.
Maldini was known for his impeccable defensive skills, his reading of the game, and his ability to anticipate his opponents’ moves. He was a great one-on-one defender, tough in the tackle, and rarely got caught out of position. Maldini’s ability to defend was complemented by his technical skills, which allowed him to make accurate passes and start attacking moves from the back.
During the 1991/92 season, Maldini was a key player for AC Milan as they won the Serie A title undefeated.He played a total of 36 league matches that season, scoring two goals, and helped his team concede just 21 goals in the entire campaign.
His legacy at AC Milan is nothing short of legendary. Maldini spent his entire 25-year playing career with the Rossoneri, joining the club as a teenager in 1984 and retiring in 2009 at the age of 41. During that time, he won numerous trophies with the club, including seven Serie A titles and five European Cups/Champions Leagues.
2 – Robert Baggio – #173 – Rookie Sticker from Panini Calciatori 1985/86
Roberto Baggio is widely regarded as one of the greatest Italian football players of all time, and his legacy reflects that. He was known for his exceptional skill, dribbling ability, and goalscoring prowess, as well as his trademark ponytail hairstyle. Baggio won numerous individual awards throughout his career, including the Ballon d’Or in 1993, and was a key member of the Italian national team that reached the World Cup final in 1994.
At club level, Baggio played for several top Italian teams, including Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan. He won two Serie A titles with Juventus and was the top scorer in the league in three different seasons.
During his time with Juventus in the 1991/92 season, Baggio was at the peak of his powers. He scored 18 goals in 32 Serie A appearances, helping Juventus to a second place finish, behind the legendary undefeated AC Milan.
Off the field, Baggio was known for his humility and dedication to charity work. He was a devout Buddhist and often spoke about the importance of meditation and inner peace. Today, he is remembered as a true icon of Italian football and a role model for aspiring players both on and off the field.
1 – Gabriel Batistuta Rookie Card – #84 – Rookie Sticker from Panini Calciatori 1991/92
Gabriel Batistuta is the best rookie card in Score Italian League 92.
Gabriel Batistuta was an Argentine footballer who played as a striker. He was known for his powerful shooting ability, as well as his speed and aerial prowess. His exceptional ball control, dribbling skills, and finishing abilities made him a prolific goalscorer throughout his career.
The 1991/92 season was Batistuta’s first in Italy, having signed for Fiorentina. He had an impressive debut season, scoring 13 goals. He quickly became a fan favourite, with his stunning performances, earning him the nickname “Batigol”. He continued his impressive form for Fiorentina in the following seasons, scoring an astonishing 203 goals.
Batigol had a great sense of positioning in the box and was always looking for an opportunity to score. He was also known for his aerial ability and physical strength, making him a difficult player to defend against. He was versatile in terms of his style, being able to score from inside and outside the box. He was also a great penalty taker and scored goals from free kicks.
Batistuta also represented the Argentine national team, scoring 56 goals in 78 appearances. He played in three World Cups, 1994, 1998 and 2002.
Batistuta’s legacy is cemented as one of the greatest strikers of his generation, with his powerful shooting and incredible goal-scoring record making him an icon of Argentine football. He is considered a legend at Fiorentina, where he spent the majority of his career, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of Serie A.
I am confident my choice of Batistuta in the number 1 place, featuring his rookie card. In the conversion for the greatest ever Argentina number 9, he was a sure pick. The rest of the list, I am sure, will be up for debate. Many great players to miss out, including: Di Canio’s Rookie Card, Francescoli, Klinsmann, Mathäus, Häßler, Baresi, Tassotti, Gullit, Rijkaard and many more.
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