Italian Football Federation (FIGC) honours Rossi
The flags are lowered to half mast today at the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) headquarters in Rome in honour of the deceased Paolo Rossi. News of the Azzurri legend’s death broke out when late on Wednesday when an Italian state TV report Erenrico Varriale tweeted that Rossi had died aged 64.
Una notizia tristissima : ci ha lasciato Paolo Rossi. Indimenticabile Pablito, che ci ha fatto innamorare tutti in quell’ Estate del ’82 e che è stato prezioso e competente compagno di lavoro in RAI, negli ultimi anni.
R.i.p. caro Paolo.
— enrico varriale (@realvarriale) December 10, 2020
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 won the Ballon Do’r in 1982 after his six goals helped Italy to World Cup glory in Spain, also taking home the player of the tournament award. He scored a memorable hat trick against Brazilian in the quarter finals as Italy ran out 3-2 winners in Barcelona. His two more goals against Poland helped secure a 2-0 semi final win, while he scored the opening goal in a 3-1 win over West Germany in the final. His exploits earning him the nickname “Pablito”.
Paolo Rossi died today at the age of 64. The Italian strikers performance in World Cup ‘82 is still the stuff of legend. He scored six goals in the final three games of that tournament.
— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) December 10, 2020
A true Azzurri hero has left us. Ciao Pablito, and thank you for everything 💙 pic.twitter.com/CyaNayTHml
— Italy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Azzurri_En) December 10, 2020
Rossi’s club honours includes:
2 Serie A titles
1 European Cup
1 Coppa Italia
1 European Cup Winners’ Cup
1 UEFA Super Cup.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) December 10, 2020
Moment of silence in Europa League for Rossi
UEFA have announced that “a moment of silence” will be observed before kickoff in all of Thursday night’s Europa League matches as tribute to the former Juventus and AC Milan striker.
A moment of silence will be held at all UEFA matches today, following the death of Italy’s World Cup hero, Paolo Rossi.
Top scorer at the 1982 tournament, Rossi netted 20 times in 48 matches for the Azzurri.
— UEFA (@UEFA) December 10, 2020