Ronald Dale Barassi Jr (born 27 February 1936) is a retired Australian rules football player and coach.
During a long and decorated career, Barassi has been one of the most important figures in the history of Australian football.
His father Ron Barassi Sr., also a prominent Australian rules footballer, was killed at Tobruk during World War II.
The young Barassi spent his latter teenage years living with Norm Smith, coach of the Melbourne Football Club and a former teammate of his father.Barassi's name is synonymous with Australian football.
He is held by many as the game's greatest identity and was the first player to be inaugurated into the Australian Football Hall of Fame as a "Legend".Barassi's coaching career was both successful and regarded by many as revolutionary.
His clean record and passion for the game has earned him a place as celebrity and popular culture figure in Australia.