The Italian soccer world reacted shocked on Thursday to the loss of life of Paolo Rossi. The legendary former striker, who’s finest identified for the 1982 World Cup, handed away on the age of 64.
‘Everybody revered him’
Rossi achieved hero standing by scoring thrice on the World Cup 38 years in the past in opposition to the nice Brazil, twice in opposition to Poland and as soon as within the closing gained in opposition to West Germany. Teammates on the time mourn his loss of life.
“I’m speechless, this comes very unexpectedly. We’ve got all the time had an awesome relationship. Paolo was good and clever. He had every thing actually. It’s laborious to know that he’s 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 reducing. With the loss of life 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 present I mourn one other. I need to go away it at that, as a result of I discover it tough to speak about it.”
Brazilian Júnior, who belonged to the workforce that was crushed by Italy 3-2 in 1982, knew Rossi effectively. “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 every thing he had performed to Brazil, he was by no means annoying about it. I had lots of respect for him, like everybody else.”
Vicenza, the membership the place Rossi broke by, 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.