|Date of birth||13 December 1946|
|Place of birth||Cinisello Balsamo, Italy|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1966–1967||→ Savona (loan)||29||(15)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Pierino Prati (born 13 December 1946 in Cinisello Balsamo) is a retired Italian footballer who played mainly as a forward. Prati was capable of playing anywhere along the front-line, as a striker, supporting forward, and as a winger. At Milan, he was often deployed on the left wing due to his pace, technique, distribution, and his powerful and accurate shot. He began his career playing in Serie C1 with Salernitana, winning the title and promotion to Serie B during the 1965-66 season. His son, Cristiano, is also a footballer, who plays in the lower Italian divisions.
Also known as "Pierino the pest", Prati is mostly remembered for his highly successful and prolific stint with Italian club A.C. Milan under manager Nereo Rocco in the 60s and 70s, during which he achieved great international and domestic success, winning a Serie A title, a European Cup, two Cup Winners' Cups, an Intercontinental Cup, and two Coppa Italia titles, forming an excellent partnership with Gianni Rivera. He made his Serie A debut with the club during the end of the 1965-66 season, on 18 September 1966, in a 2-1 win over Venezia, but was briefly loaned to Serie B club Savona during the 1966-67 season. He later helped Milan to win the 1967-68 Serie A title, finishing the season as the top goalscorer in the Italian league, with 15 goals. He was also notably part of their European Cup victory in 1969, scoring a hat-trick in the 4-1 defeat of Ajax in the final, and six goals in total throughout the competition. He is the last man to have scored a hat-trick in the Champions League/European Cup Final. Ferenc Puskas (twice) and Alfredo Di Stefano (both of Real Madrid) are the only other players to have achieved this. Overall, he played for 12 seasons (233 games, 100 goals) in the Serie A for A.C. Milan, A.S. Roma and ACF Fiorentina. He also played for Savona one again in Serie C2 in his later career, as well as the Rochester Lancers in the NASL.
Prati also played for the Italy national football team. He was most notably a member of the Italian side that won the 1968 UEFA European Football Championship on home soil, during which he made his debut on 6 April, scoring a goal in a 3-2 win against Bulgaria in the first leg of the quarter-finals, and another in the 2-0 vicotry in the return leg. He played the first final match alongside Pietro Anastasi, but was replaced by Luigi Riva in the re-match, the striker who would often keep him on the bench for Italy. With his national team, Prati also reached the final of the 1970 FIFA World Cup, losing out to Brazil. In total, he was capped 14 times for the national side between 1968-1974, scoring 7 times.
|Total for Milan||143||72||34||14||30||16||207||102|
- Serie A: 1967-68
- Coppa Italia: 1971-72, 1972-73
- European Cup: 1968-69
- European Cup Winners' Cup: 1967-68, 1972-73
- Intercontinental Cup: 1969
- Pierino Prati at National-Football-Teams.com
|Serie A Top Scorer
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