Giorgio Chinaglia was a prolific striker with an equally prolific personality.
Chinaglia started his career in Wales after his family emigrated following World War II. He made his pro debut with Swansea in 1964 and played in six matches for the Swans over two years as a teenager before moving back to Italy when he was 19 due to his military obligations for his country.
According to the rules of the day, Chinaglia was banned from playing in the Serie A for three years because he had played professionally in another country, so he played for Serie C teams Massesse and Internapoli before moving to Lazio in 1969.
In seven years for the biancocelesti, Chinaglia played 209 games and scored 98 times, helping lead the team to the scudetto in 1973-74.
From Lazio, he moved to the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League, where he teamed with the likes of Pele and Franz Beckenbauer. Unlike those legends, however, Chinaglia moved to the fledgling American league in his prime, and from 1976 to 1983 he scored a mind-boggling 193 goals in 213 games for the Cosmos, leading them to four titles, scoring game winners in three league finals.
Chinaglia fell in love with the USA and became an American citizen in 1979. Late in his life he hosted a daily two-hour soccer radio show on Sirus radio.
He had a heart attack in late March and succumbed to complications thereof on April 1. He was 65.