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Paolo Rossi: former soccer Ballon d’Or died at the age of 64

Once again the football world is in mourning. A few weeks after the death of Diego Maradona, it is another legendary footballer who passed away, Italian media reported Thursday, December 10. Paolo Rossi, hero of the 1982 World Cup won by Italy, has died at the age of 64, his widow Federica Cappelletti announced on Instagram. “Forever”, she wrote in the caption of a snapshot of her and the former Ballon d’Or. The Italian media remember him as “the man who made Brazil cry”, as La Repubblica points out.

And for good reason, suspended for three years in 1980 for a match-fixing scandal, “Pablito” should never have participated in the 1982 World Cup. However, it is under the colors of Italy that he has finally recalled after a reduction in his sanction, allowing his country to win the World Cup with six goals scored during the competition, even opening the scoring against Germany in the final.

A retraining away from football

Born in 1956 in Prato, Tuscany, Paolo Rossi had studied at Juventus Turin on the junior route before joining the team for three years from 1973 to 1976 on the senior route, then returning from 1981 to 1985. He ended his career at the dawn of his 31st birthday, weakened by repeated injuries. He never even tried to retrain in the world of football. However, in 1990 he was appointed vice-president of the Associazione Sportiva Pescina Valle del Giovenco, club of Lega Pro Prima Divisione, and converted to the world of real estate, then politics, standing for election. European countries under the label of the National Alliance, the Italian right. The ex-footballer leaves behind his wife, the journalist Federica Cappelletti, their daughter Maria Victoria as well as his son Alexander born from a previous marriage.

Paolo Rossi and Pelé © SGP

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