Paolo Di Canio was an extremely talented and skillful attacking player who made over 500 appearances and scored more than 120 goals throughout his playing career. Predominantly a forward, he could also play as a winger or attacking midfielder.
Born in Rome, Italy, Di Canio began his career with Lazio before having spells at Juventus, Napoli and AC Milan. In 1996, the Italian spent one season in the Scottish Premiership with Celtic before moving to Sheffield Wednesday, where he stayed for two years.
Di Canio joined West Ham United in January 1999 and became a popular figure at Upton Park. He remained in East London until the summer of 2003 when his contract expired and Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign him in the 2002 January transfer window but was unsuccessful. Di Canio spent a final season in England with Charlton Athletic in 2003/04 before returning to Lazio. After two years at the Stadio Olympico, he joined Cisco Roma in 2006 and retired in 2008.
In May 2011, Di Canio was appointed Swindon Town manager after the club were relegated to League Two. He guided The Robins back to League One at the first attempt but resigned in February 2013 with the club in financial difficulty and unable to bring in new players. He then had a brief spell as Sunderland manager in 2013.