Paolo Rossi, who gained the World Cup with Italy in 1982, has died.
Information of his demise at 64 was confirmed on Thursday morning when Rossi’s spouse, Cappelletti Federica, posted a photograph of herself and her husband to her Instagram account together with the phrases ‘perpetually’.
Enrico Varriale, a presenter on Italian TV channel RAI Sport the place the previous striker had been working as a pundit mentioned: “A really unhappy information: Paolo Rossi left us.
“Unforgettable Pablito, who made us all fall in love in that summer season of ‘82 and who has been a treasured and competent workmate at RAI in recent times. RIP pricey Paolo.”
The reason for his demise was not disclosed.
Rossi prime scored at Spain ’82 when he sprung to life within the latter levels starting with a hat-trick in opposition to Brazil earlier than scoring two extra in opposition to Poland within the semis after which one within the closing in opposition to West Germany.
It was a memorable 12 months for the striker, who along with the World Cup and Golden Boot, ended 1982 with the Ballon d’Or, too.
His story is considered one of redemption. Having scored twice on the 1978 World Cup, Rossi practically missed the competitors 4 years later on account of a two-year ban from soccer for his involvement in a match-fixing scandal.
Throughout his day out, Rossi signed for Juventus in a £1.75m deal, and when his ban expired he was immediately recalled by coach Enzo Bearzot, regardless of having performed only a handful of video games.
The press have been aghast, and Rossi appeared to show his doubters proper within the first few video games of the event in Spain. He appeared off the tempo earlier than his scintillating treble within the memorable 3-2 win in opposition to Brazil.
Jurgen Klinsmann, the previous West Germany striker tweeted: “Pricey Pablito, we all the time bear in mind you.”
Rossi additionally performed for Vicenza and Milan and he’s the second World Cup winner to die in latest weeks following Diego Maradona, who died of a coronary heart assault in November.