(born 4 March 1969) is an Italian
who played as a striker
. Since retirement he has become a football manager
Casiraghi was born in Monza
, and began his career with his home-town side, A.C. Monza
, in 1985. The side were relegated to Serie C
in his first season, but he helped them achieve promotion back to Serie B
in 1988. He moved to Serie A
in 1989, having scored 28 goals in 94 games for Monza.
His goalscoring record in Turin
was modest, achieving a best tally of 8 goals in 24 appearances in the 1990-1 season and a total of 20 in 98 games for the club. While at Juventus, he helped the side win two UEFA Cups
(in 1990 and 1993) and one Italian Cup
, also in 1990. He scored in the first leg of the 1990 UEFA Cup Final
to help them beat Fiorentina. He earned his first international cap for Italy
during his spell with Juventus.
He signed for Lazio
in 1993 and scored 41 goals in a five-year spell. His most successful season was in 1996-7, when he scored 14 goals in 28 Serie A games. With Lazio, he won another Italian Cup, in 1998. He found his opportunities limited in his final season, with manager Sven-Göran Eriksson
preferring Alen Bokšić
and Roberto Mancini
in attack and sought a move away.
Casiraghi joined English
in May 1998 for £
5.4million. His time in west London
proved luckless, and ultimately only scored one competitive goal for the club, which came against......