Paolo Rossi died at the age of 64.

This 5 ft 10 inches average heightened square-faced handsome was a legend in his way. He used to play in forwarding position in his football team.

At the beginning stage of his career, he used to play for Vicenza. Then he went for Juventas.  Actually, he signed up for Juventus beforehand in 1976. It took him four years more to debut. He debuted in 1981. Later he went to AC Milan.

In 2004 Brazilian football legend described him as among the 125 greatest living footballers of all time. What respect!

In 1982 he gave his motherland the world cup title. He was awarded the golden boot for scoring six goals and the golden ball for being the best player as well.

Rossie is one of the three players in the world cup to have all three awards at a time. The other twos are Garrincha from Brazil in 1962 and Mario Kemps from Argentina in 1978.

In 1982 he bragged Ballon d’Or for the first time.

After retiring from professional football in the 1980s Rossi started working as a coach for the club’s Sky, Mediaset, Rai.

The Italian football federation (FIGC) has stated in a statement that it will keep its flag half-mast at its headquarters in Rome and at its technical headquarters in Florence.

“Pablito’s passing away is another moment of deep pain, a wound to the heart of all fans that is difficult to heal,” said FIGC president Gabriele Gravina.

“We’ve lost a friend and an icon of Italian football.

“In spurring the national team on to success in 1982, he had Italians celebrating in squares across the country, both for him and with him.

“He indelibly tied his name to the Azzurri and, through his style of play, inspired numerous strikers of future generations.”

UEFA or the European football league’s guardian has also given their statement saying they will maintain a moment of silence before Thursday’s match.

AC Milan where he served from 1985-86 also mourned over his death and said he will be forever “in our memory”.

It’s worth mentioning here Paolo Rossie was suffering from a vulnerable mental situation in his past. He has accused of 1980 Totoro scandal. So he nearly got banned from the 1982 world cup.  But luckily it was he who brought Italy to the world cup. So you can say the world cup was Rossie’s personal redemption.

Anyways, Paolo Rossies’ funeral will occur on Saturday Morning, Cathedral Of Vicenza.


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