The Italian soccer world reacted shocked on Thursday to the demise of Paolo Rossi. The legendary former striker, who’s finest recognized for the 1982 World Cup, handed away on the age of 64.
‘Everybody revered him’
Rossi achieved hero standing by scoring 3 times on the World Cup 38 years in the past towards the good Brazil, twice towards Poland and as soon as within the closing gained towards West Germany. Teammates on the time mourn his demise.
“I’m speechless, this comes very unexpectedly. We’ve all the time had an awesome relationship. Paolo was good and clever. He had the whole lot actually. It’s onerous to know that he’s now not right here,” stated Dino Zoff, the legendary goalkeeper. the Italian workforce of success in 1982.
Former defender Fulvio Collovati additionally has a tough time with it. “I nonetheless have contact with my teammates from 1982, however the quantity is lowering. With the demise of Paolo, a part of my life is gone once more.”
Antonio Cabrini, who was additionally a defender on the World Cup: “Six months in the past I misplaced a brother, at the moment I mourn one other. I wish to depart it at that, as a result of I discover it troublesome to speak about it.”
Brazilian Júnior, who belonged to the workforce that was overwhelmed by Italy 3-2 in 1982, knew Rossi nicely. “After I arrived in Italy after the World Cup to play for Torino, he performed for Juventus. We frequently met, visiting the identical eating places,” he says.
“He was all the time good and well mannered. Regardless of the whole lot he had executed to Brazil, he was by no means annoying about it. I had a whole lot of respect for him, like everybody else.”
Italian federation president Gabriele Gravina speaks of the lack of “a pal and an icon in our soccer”. “The demise of ‘Pablito’ causes one other deep ache, a wound within the hearts of all followers, which is troublesome to heal,” he says.
“He took the entire nation by the hand in 1982 and introduced nice pleasure. His title is inseparable from the ‘Azzurri’ and he continues to encourage future generations.”
Vicenza, the membership the place Rossi broke via, writes on Twitter: “Typically there are simply no phrases to precise the ache all of us expertise. Howdy, Paolo.” Different Italian golf equipment additionally specific their condolences.