Nicknamed Spillo ("Needle") for his slender build, Altobelli was a prolific goalscorer, and he became one of the greatest and most effective Italian strikers of the late 1970s and 1980s. A well rounded centre-forward, he excelled in the air due to his heading and acrobatiic ability. He was also a fast and opportunistic player with good technique and an accurate shot.
Altobelli is currently the all-time top scorer in the Coppa Italia, with 56 goals in 93 appearances.
Club Inter Serie A: 1979-1980 Coppa Italia: 1977-1978, 1981-1982 International Italy: 1982 He is currently a sports analyst for beIN Sports, with Cesare Maldini, also having previously served as a pundit for AlJazeera. After retiring, he had briefly entered politics, and also worked as a sporting director for Padova, and as a scout for Inter.