Two Scudetto’s, twice relegated from the Premier League, a runner’s up medal in France and a goal against Clyde in the Scottish League Cup, it was an eventful career.

The man affectionally known as Penna Bianca “White Feather” Ravanelli started his career where it would eventually end in Perugia scoring forty-one goals in ninety appearances.

After stop offs in Avellino, Casertana and Reggiana where the goals continued to flow Ravanelli moved to Juventus where he linked up with Vialli, Baggio and Del Piero winning his first Scudetto and a Champions League under Marcelo Lippi.

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Ravanelli then moved to Middlesbrough becoming the highest paid player in Premier League at the time. The seven-million-pound outlay wasn’t enough to stop Middlesbrough being relegated in a season where they reached both domestic cup finals.

Ravanelli was never really happy in the north east and spent a considerable amount of his time there bemoaning the clubs facilities.

After a spell with Marseille Ravanelli landed back in Seria A and helped Lazio finish top of the 2000/1 league. Even though his first spell in England ended in relegation he decided to head back to the Premier League with Derby who unfortunately also got relegated.

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Ravanelli saw out his career with a short stint at Dundee before eventually arriving back in Perugia where he continued to score goals. He is fondly remembered for his shirt over the head goal celebrations but it shouldn’t be forgotten he was a consistent goal scorer everywhere he went.

Ending his career with 190 club goals for ten teams and eight goals at international level Ravanelli was never for hanging around but he was adored but most of the clubs who witnessed him.


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