The second football legend to leave us in two weeks after Diego Maradona, Paolo Rossi died on Wednesday from lung cancer at the age of 64. Husband and father of three in the city, he was world champion in the field in 1982, leading the Italian team to victory thanks to his scoring skills. Elected Golden Ball the same year, he also won the European Cup of Champion Clubs in 1985 with Juventus. The striker, who had retired from sports more than 30 years ago, had since converted into an agriturismo manager and ran an organic farm. He lived with his wife and their two daughters in Tuscany in the municipality of Bucine in the southwest of Florence. Died on Wednesday from lung cancer, he was buried on Saturday in the city of Vicenza.
But surprise: on her return home after the funeral, her wife, Federica Cappelletti, realized that the couple’s residence had been burgled. The Italian agency AGI reported the theft of some jewelry, including a watch that belonged to the footballer, as well as cash amounting to a hundred euros. Nevertheless, it is specified that the most precious objects linked to the career of the former Italian glory have not been touched. The case is under investigation.
Paolo Rossi: the Italian legend
Among football aficionados and especially in Italy, Paolo Rossi was considered a legend of the round ball. As the 2020/2021 Italian Championship continues its course, the players all wore a black armband during the meeting on Saturday December 12 as a tribute to the striker. A minute of silence was observed in the stadiums and several photos of Paolo Rossi paraded on the big screens accompanied by the messages “Heroes never die” or “Ciao Paolo”.
Funeral for Paolo Rossi © Backgrid UK