Italy’s 1982 World Cup hero Paolo Rossi, his family reports, Paolo Rossi dies aged 64. After leading the Azzurri to victory at the tournament in Spain, Rossi became a household name, finishing as the top scorer and being named best player.
He first rose to attention as a prolific scorer for Vicenza at club level, gaining a move to Juventus before playing for AC Milan later. His death was announced on Thursday, after what had been a long illness in Italian media news.
Federica Cappelletti, Rossi’s wife, shared a photo of them together on social media with the words “Per sempre” (“forever”). She did not reveal the cause of his death. During spells with Vicenza, Perugia, Juventus, Milan, and Verona, Rossi netted 20 goals in 48 games for the Italian national team, and more than 100 Serie A goals.
He was awarded the Ballon d’Or, which at the time was given to the European footballer of the year after his achievements in the 1982 World Cup. Rossi worked as a pundit for Sky, Mediaset, and Rai until he retired from football in the late 1980s.
The Italian Federation of Football (FIGC) has confirmed that flags will fly at half-mast at its headquarters in Rome and at its technical center 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 lost a friend and an Italian football symbol.
He had Italians cheering in squares around the world, both for him and for him, in spurring the national team on to victory in 1982. “He indelibly tied his name to the Azzurri and through his style of play, inspired numerous strikers of future generations.”
The governing body of European football, Uefa, said a moment of silence” will be kept in honor of the player before Thursday’s Europa League matches. A quote from Vicenza, who helped Rossi win promotion to Serie A in 1977, said: “Sometimes there are simply no words to express the pain we are all experiencing.”
Milan, where he played in the 1985-86 season, said that Rossi will be “forever be in our memory”
Through his displays at the 1982 World Cup, Rossi wrote his name into football history – but he almost skipped the final after being embroiled in a match-fixing controversy. While Rossi maintained his innocence, after being suspected of taking part in the 1980 Totonero affair, he was suspended from football for three years.
On appeal, Paolo Rossi dies aged 64 this ban was shortened to two years, ensuring he was available to play in Spain at the World Cup. “Rossi later characterized it as a “personal redemption” to win the tournament. The tournament began with both Italy and Rossi whimpering. In the opening group stage, when Italy tied all three games to scrape through the Juventus striker struggled to score.
The Italians seemed far from the rivals in the World Cup – before Rossi, whose results had been ridiculed, noticed his sharpness in front of the target in the second group stage’s decisive meeting with Brazil. As Italy won 3-2 to reach the semifinals, Rossi scored a hat-trick, then scored both goals against Poland as Italy set up a meeting in the final with West Germany.
As Rossi scored the opening goal in the second half, a dramatic final turned Italy’s way, the Azzurri went on to win 3-1 and becoming world champions for the third time. “On the one hand, I felt fulfilled. I said to myself, ‘you’ve made it’,”Paolo Rossi dies aged 64 Rossi said later about the victory.
On the other hand, I was sad that all this was just over. The World Cup was over. “On the other hand, I was disappointed that all of this just ended. The World Cup was over. ” It’s about the party you’re winning with, it’s all about the career that’s taken you there.