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A player nick­named God’s Left Foot

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Mario Corso’s skill on the foot­ball pitch was so ad­mired by fans that they gave him the nick­ame God’s Left Foot.

The leg­endary Ital­ian player is now be­ing mourned by sup­port­ers world­wide fol­low­ing his death, aged 78.

Corso was born on Au­gust 25 1941 in Verona, mak­ing his foot­ball de­but at the age of 16.

The winger went on to have a suc­cess­ful ca­reer play­ing for In­ter Mi­lan from 1957 to 1973, scor­ing 75 goals in 413 games. The star be­came a sta­ple at the club by per­fect­ing the “knuck­le­ball” free kick.

Dur­ing his leg­endary ca­reer, Corso rep­re­sented Italy 23 times and com­peted in the World Cup. He won Serie A four times with In­ter Mi­lan and lifted both Euro­pean and In­ter­na­tional cups twice.

In­ter Mi­lan took to so­cial me­dia to pay trib­ute to the “eter­nal cham­pion” who died in hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a brief ill­ness.

They wrote: “Mario Corso, In­ter player, eter­nal cham­pion with in­fi­nite class has passed away.

“With his left he en­chanted the world in a team that marked an era. The thoughts and af­fec­tion of all of us go to the fam­ily.”

Corso also played with Genoa from 1973 to 1975, scor­ing three goals in 26 games. For­mer In­ter Mi­lan de­fender Iván Cór­doba posted a photo of the pair on In­sta­gram de­scrib­ing him as a “great man, friend and con­fi­dant.” He said: “Dear Mario,youhave­beenav­ery spe­cial per­son to all of us. You were a great cham­pion and es­pe­cially a great man, friend and con­fi­dant. We will al­ways re­mem­ber you with great af­fec­tion.”

Of­fi­cials from foot­ball gov­ern­ing body Fifa also de­scribed him as one of the coun­try’s “best-ever wingers”.

They said: “Mario Corso took knuck­le­ball free kicks long be­fore they were en vogue.

“He had God’s left foot.”

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Corso in later life
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Mario Corso the player

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