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Italy’s World Cup Hero Paolo Rossi Dies At 64

In this file photograph taken on June 29, 1982 Argentinian goalkeeper Ubaldo Fillol (Bottom) and captain Daniel Passarella (L) forestall Italian striker Paolo Rossi from scoring, in the course of the World Cup second spherical soccer match between Italy and Argentina in Barcelona. STAFF / AFP


Paolo Rossi, a hero of Italian soccer who impressed the nationwide facet to victory within the 1982 World Cup, has died aged 64, Italian media reported on Thursday.

They paid tribute to ‘Pablito’, the star who was banned for his half in a betting scandal however returned to win the World Cup and the Ballon D’Or the identical 12 months.

Rossi’s spouse Federica Cappelletti introduced the loss of life with a submit on Instagram alongside a photograph of the couple, accompanied by the remark “Forever,” adopted by a coronary heart.

“There will never be anyone like you, unique, special, after you the absolute nothing….,” Cappelletti additionally wrote on Facebook.

The information of his passing comes two weeks after the loss of life of Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona, winner of the 1986 World Cup.

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Rossi was credited with inspiring Italy to their third World Cup triumph in Spain in 1982.

But Italy’s sporting icon virtually missed out on the match.

He was caught up in a bribery scandal, and banned for 3 years in 1980, however after frequently protesting his innocence was cleared to play.

A slight and sprightly winger who transformed to centre-forward, Rossi had an uncanny capacity to be in the suitable place on the proper time.

He exploded onto the stage of the 1982 match with a hat-trick within the 3-2 defeat of Brazil.

In the semi-finals he scored each targets as Italy beat Poland 2-0, and he hit the opener within the 3-1 win over West Germany within the closing.

Rossi completed prime scorer within the match with six targets.

He was additionally a member of the Italy facet that completed fourth in Argentina in 1978.

Along with Christian Vieri and Roberto Baggio, he holds the Italian report for 9 targets scored within the World Cup.

He scored 20 targets in 48 appearances for Italy and was voted European Footballer of the Year in 1982.

Born in Prato in Tuscany, Rossi made his skilled debut at Juventus in 1973, and in addition performed for Vicenza, Perugia and AC Milan earlier than ending his profession in 1987 in Verona.

(*64*) Juventus he gained two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia, the European Cup Winners’ Cup, and the European Cup.

After his profession as a footballer, Rossi labored as a TV pundit.

He is survived by his spouse and three youngsters.



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