Massaro in 2010
|Date of birth||23 May 1961|
|Place of birth||Monza, Italy|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|1988–1989||→ Roma (loan)||30||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Daniele Massaro (born 23 May 1961 in Monza) is a former Italian football (soccer) forward. He is mainly remembered for his highly successful career with A.C. Milan during the late 80s and 90s, under managers Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello, with whom he went on to achieve notable domestic, European, and international success. Massaro was also a member of the Italy national football team that won the 1982 FIFA World Cup, although he did not make an appearance in the tournament, and he was a member of the team that reached the final of the 1994 FIFA World Cup; in the final, me missed one of Italy's penalties in the resulting shoot-out, as Brazil went on to lift the trophy.
Massaro began his career with his local club Monza in Serie B, in 1978, putting on notable performances during his three seasons with the club alongside his more technically gifted team-mate, Paolo Monelli, which attracted the attention of larger clubs. In 1981, he was acquired by Serie A club Fiorentina, along with Monelli, making his Serie A debut on 13 September 1981, and his Italy Under-21 debut 10 days later. He instantly became a permanent member of Fiorentina's starting line-up, and he came close to winning the Scudetto during his first season with the club, missing out on the title to Juventus by a single point. He continued to be an important member of the club during his subsequent seasons in Florence.
After leaving Fiorentina in 1986, Massaro made a name for himself at AC Milan where he played over 300 games between 1986 and 1995 (apart from a loan spell to A.S. Roma during the 1988-89 season), and he was part of the legendary Milan squad of the late 80s and early 90s, under Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello, which dominated Italy and Europe. Although he won the Scudetto during his second season with the club, he was initially used sparingly and out of position under Sacchi, who did not have faith in his capabilities, and the two began to have several tactical disagreements regarding his true playing position, eventually leading him to be sent out on loan to Roma for a season, in 1988. He returned to Milan during the 1989-90 season, and his consistent, reliable performances now convinced Sacchi, who began to deploy Massaro more frequently; in return, Massaro repaid Sacchi by scoring 10 league goals that season, also winning his first European Cup title with Milan that year, following up the success with two European Super Cups and Intercontinental cups. Whilst playing as a striker, Massaro became more prolific in front of goal, and he also scored two decisive goals in the 1993-94 UEFA Champions League final against FC Barcelona, which Milan won 4–0, winning his second European Cup title with the club, under Sacchi's replacement, Capello. He was also Milan's top scorer in the 1993–1994 Serie A season with 11 league goals, helping them to win their third consecutive title since 1992 under Capello. In total, during his time with the club, he won 4 Serie A titles (1988, 1992, 1993, 1994), two UEFA Champions League/European Cup titles (1990, 1994), 3 UEFA Super Cups (1989, 1990, 1994), 2 Intercontinental Cups (1989, 1990), and 3 Italian Supercups (1992, 1993, 1994), also reaching the Coppa Italia final in 1990, two more Champions League finals in 1993 and 1995, and another Intercontinental Cup final in 1994.
Massaro made his Italy Under-21 debut on 23 September 1981, 10 days after his Serie A debut with Fiorentina. Overall he made 4 appearances with the azzurrini between 1981 and 1984, also taking part with Italy's Olympic under-23 side at the 1984 Olympics, where Italy reached the semi-final, finishing the tournament in fourth place. Surprisingly capped only 15 times for the Italian senior side, Massaro's international career actually spanned more than a decade between 1982 and 1994. As a 21 year-old, Massaro made his debut on 14 April 1982 under Enzo Bearzot, and he was a member of the Italian squad that won the 1982 FIFA World Cup held in Spain, although he didn't receive any playing time during the tournament. He was capped sparingly between 1984 and 1986, but he was called up for Italy's 1994 World Cup squad by manager Arrigo Sacchi, at the age of 33. He played in six of Italy's seven games at the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the United States, and scored a goal in a 1-1 draw against Mexico in Italy's final match of the group stage, which allowed them to progress to the knockout round as the best third-placed team; this was his only goal for Italy. In the defeat against Brazil in the final of the tournament, he missed a one-on-one opportunity and later failed to convert a penalty kick in the shoot-out.
He was also the captain of the Italian Beach Soccer National Team for a couple of years. Massaro is also an avid golfer during his free time. After fully retiring from football, he took part in several rally races in the Italian Rally Division, racing twice in the WRC, in the Sanremo Rally (in 1998 and 1999). Massaro currently works at AC Milan as a public relations manager.
Style of play
A versatile, hard-working, tactically intelligent, and determined player, Massaro was gifted with pace, as well as good physical and athletic atrributes. He was uniquely capable of playing in many different positions anywhere on the pitch. Although he is remembered mainly for his performances as a centre forward with Milan, he began his career as an offensive or defensive midfielder, as he was capable of playing anywhere in midfield. Throughout his career, he even played as a makeshift defender, both in the centre, or as a fullback. During his highly successful stint with AC Milan, where he won several domestic, European, and international honours, he was initially deployed as an outside forward on the left, or as a winger under Arrigo Sacchi, due to his good technique. Massaro was only utilised as a true striker later on in his career, in particular under Fabio Capello, and at the 1994 World Cup, where he was able to find the net more often, due to his finishing ability with either foot, as well as his aerial prowess with his head; in this position, he was also capable of playing off his team-mates and playing with his back to goal. Due to his tendency to score decisive goals in closely fought matches, most notably, his brace in the 1994 UEFA Champions League Final, he earned the nicknames "providence" and "San Massaro".
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J. League Cup||Asia||Total|
|1995||Shimizu S-Pulse||J. League 1||9||3||0||0||-||-||9||3|
|Italy national team|
- Supercoppa Italiana
- Winner (2): 1988, 1992
- A.C. Milan Hall of Fame
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