Igor Protti

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Igor Protti
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-09-24) September 24, 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Rimini, Italy
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Rimini 7 (0)
1985–1988 Livorno 75 (12)
1988–1989 Virescit Boccaleone 31 (10)
1989–1992 Messina 105 (31)
1992–1996 Bari 112 (46)
1996–1997 Lazio 27 (7)
1997–1998 Napoli 27 (4)
1998 Lazio 2 (0)
1998–1999 Reggiana 24 (8)
1999–2005 Livorno 192 (108)
Total 602 (226)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 25, 2006.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 25, 2006

Igor Protti (born September 24, 1967 in Rimini) is a former Italian footballer. He was a prolific, penalty box striker who became a legend at Livorno. Like his successor as captain and as chief goalscorer, Cristiano Lucarelli, his personality prevented him from succeeding at international level.

Protti spent the majority of his career playing for teams in lower divisions, but came to more widespread notice in the 1995–1996 Serie A season, in which he shared the scoring title with Giuseppe Signori despite his team, Bari, being relegated. This achievement led to a move to Lazio, but Protti's stay with the Rome club was not successful, and was eventually released from his contract.

After a spell at Reggiana, Protti moved on to Livorno of Serie C1, where he rapidly became one of the most popular players in that club's history. He captained and led Livorno to promotion to Serie A in the 2003–2004 season, before retiring in 2005 after the team had finished a surprising 9th in their first top division campaign in many years. Protti's number 10 was then retired by the club. He has also been given the freedom of the city of Livorno in 2007.[1] During the awarding ceremony, he asked the #10 jersey not to be retired any longer in order to "give anybody back the dream to dress it one day".[2] The number will be reassigned starting from the 2007–08 season, with Francesco Tavano wearing the #10 shirt.