Italy legend striker and 1982 World Cup superhero, Paolo Rossi give up the ghost at 64.
At the age of 64, Paolo Rossi, the hero of Italy’s successful World Cup campaign in 1982, sadly passed away.
The death of the former Juventus and AC Milan striker, who won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball in 1982 and gave his country 48 caps, was confirmed thursday in the early hours of the Italian TV channel RAI Sport, with whom Rossi had recently been working as a pundit.
He passed away after facing a long illness, according to the Italian media.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, his wife Federica Cappelletti reported the story, posting a photo of the pair on Instagram, along with the message: ‘Forever.’ She has not revealed precisely how he died.
She also shared a picture of him on Facebook, traveling with her two friends. She tagged the shot: ‘There’ll never ever be anybody like you, so special. After you, there’s clearly nothing.’
In four years at Juve, Rossi won two Serie A titles, one European Cup and one Coppa Italia, but it is his time with the national team, which is the most as his six goals helped Italy to victory in Spain 38 years ago, he fondly recalled.
‘Such incredibly sad news: Paolo Rossi has left us,’ said Enrico Varriale, host of RAI Sport.
‘Unforgettable Pablito, who made us all fall in love in the summer of 1982 and who in recent years has been a valuable and professional work colleague at RAI. RIP, Paolo dear.’
Their obituary stated:’ Devastating news in the middle of the night that disturbs the football world, both in Italy and around the world. And all the Italians together.
‘At 64, he,Paolo Rossi, died, to an inexorable evil, the superhero of the 1982 world champion in Italy, the one who defeated Zico’s Brazil, Maradona’s Argentina, Boniek’s Poland and, in the final, the Rummenigge of Germany.’
Corriere dello Sport declared:’ One of its icons is missing by Italian football.’ They also point out that in the same year, Rossi was the first player ever to win the World Cup, World Cup Golden Boot and Golden Ball. The feat has since been equalled only by Ronaldo.
Tancredi Palmieri, an Italian journalist, tried to remind the people of Rossi’s words on winning the 1982 World Cup, sharing his interview after the full-time whistle.
‘I saw the crowd, my colleagues, and I felt deeply, a horrible feeling.
‘Now. Please stop the time, now. I will never again live anything like that. Never again for the rest of my life.’
With his performances in the later stages of the ’82 World Cup putting him in Italian folklore, Rossi scored a total of 20 goals for the Italian national team from 1977-1986.