#70SportWays (28): Silvio Piola, authentic legend of Italian football
More than 300 goals in his career, a real legend for Italian National team. Silvio Piola was an Italian footballer from Robbio Lomellina, province of Pavia who played as a striker. He is known as a highly prominent figure in the history of Italian football due to several records he set, and he is regarded as one of the greatest strikers of his generation, as well as one of the best Italian players of all time. Piola won the 1938 FIFA World Cup with Italy, scoring two goals in the final, ending the tournament as the second best player and the second highest scorer.
Piola is third in the all-time goalscoring records of the Italian national team. He is also the highest goalscorer in Italian Serie A. He played 566 Serie A games, putting him 4th on the all-time list for appearances in Italy’s top flight. Piola is the only player to have the honour of being the all-time Serie A top scorer of three different teams (Pro Vercelli, Lazio and Novara).
During his career, he spent nine seasons, from 1934 to 1943, in S.S. Lazio, where he became known for his powerful and accurate finishing ability with his head and both feet, from any position on the pitch, which made him a prolific goalscorer throughout his career After his death a pair of Italian stadiums were renamed after him: one in Novara in 1997 and another in Vercelli in 1998. In 2011, he was posthumously inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame.