Italian Footballer Paolo Rossi, 1982 World Cup hero, dies at 64 on 9 December 2020

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🇼đŸ‡č Italian legend Paolo Rossi, 64, died on 9 December 2020 in Rome, Italy. Rossi is remembered for his legacy and his leading performance at the 1982 World Cup eliminating Brazil with a hat-trick (Italy 3 – 2 Brazil). Rossi’s wife, Federica Cappelletti, posted on Instagram a photo of her and Paolo with the caption “Per Sempre,” meaning “forever”. Paolo was born on 23 September 1956 in Prato, Italy.

The news was announced early Thursday morning by Italian TV Channel RAI Sport. Rossi had been working for RAI as a pundit.  RAI Sport Presenter Enrico Varriale tweeted:  “A very sad news: Paolo Rossi left us. Unforgettable Pablito, who made us all fall in love in that summer of ‘82 and who has been a precious and competent workmate at RAI in recent years. RIP dear Paolo.”  Rossi is one of only three players to win all three major awards: Golden Ball, MVP of the Final Match, and Fair Play trophy at a World Cup along with Brazilian Garrincha (1962) and Argentinean Mario Kempes (1978).

Paolo Rossi scored 20 goals with the Italian National Team from 1977 to 1986. Paolo also played for Juventus, AC Milan (remembered for his two-goal against Inter in a Milan derby), and Hellas Verona among others. Rossi announced his retirement from sport in 1987 and worked as a pundit for Sky, Mediaset Premium, and RAI.

Italian Soccer Serie A sends deepest condolences to his wife Federica Cappelletti, his children Sofia Elena Rossi, Maria Vittoria, and Alessandro Rossi. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.

🏆 1982 World Cup champion
đŸ„‡ 1982 WC Golden Ball
đŸ„‡ 1982 WC Golden Boot
đŸ„‡ 1982 Ballon d’Or