Ron Barassi was considered one of the greatest Australian rules footballers of his time. He played for the Melbourne Football Club from 1953 to 1964 and then for the Carlton Football Club from 1965 to 1969. He was known for his exceptional skills as a rover, displaying great agility, speed, and ball-handling ability. He was renowned for his toughness and determination on the field, earning the respect of teammates and opponents.
During his career, Barassi won six premierships with the Melbourne Football Club in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, and 1964. He also won the Brownlow Medal, awarded to the league’s best and fairest player, in 1958. After retiring as a player, Barassi had a successful coaching career, leading both the Carlton Football Club and the North Melbourne Football Club to premiership victories. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of Australian rules football, both as a player and a coach.
Ron Barassi passed away over the weekend at the age of 87. His impact on the sport and achievements have made him an iconic figure in Australian rules football, and his name is synonymous with success and excellence in the AFL.