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Italian Soccer & World Cup Winner Paolo Rossi Dies at 64 — inside His Life & Career

Olawale Ogunjimi
Dec 11, 2020
05:42 A.M.
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Iconic striker Paolo Rossi, who is also a father to three lovely children, left a world-recognized legacy in football by scoring more than 150 goals in his lifetime.

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Great footballer Paolo Rossi was announced dead following what the Italian media thinks to be a long illness, although his cause of death wasn't disclosed.

Following his passing, his wife, Federica Cappelletti, shared a picture of herself and Rossi together on social media with the simple words "Per sempre," which means "forever."

Paolo Rossi of Italy during the FIFA World Cup Semi Final 1982 match between Italy and Poland, at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain on 8 July 1982 | Photo: Getty Images

Paolo Rossi of Italy during the FIFA World Cup Semi Final 1982 match between Italy and Poland, at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain on 8 July 1982 | Photo: Getty Images

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The icon, who was awarded the European footballer of the year, scored 20 goals in 48 appearances for the Italian national side and more than 100 Serie A goals.

Due to the 64-year-old's presence and achievement of big goals in the incredible Juventus team, the squad won several titles.

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Years later, Rossi retired from Football in the late 1980s and worked as an analyst for Sky, Mendiasa and Rai before passing away this year. His family announced that the 1982 World Cup Hero died at 64.

The Italian Football Federation President, Gabriele Gravina, said in a statement that the death of Rossi, also known as Pablito, was a pain and a difficult wound to the heart of fans.

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Still in the spirit of mourning the legendary footballer, the European's governing body stated that late Rossi was the hero of an unforgettable World Cup for all of Italy, but for them, he was much more.

Due to the 64-year-old's presence and achievement of big goals in the incredible Juventus team, the squad won several titles between 1981 and 1985 and made a name for themselves.

The Italian striker, who was regarded as the fastest player and called "pure phosphorus" by a rival in Serie A, died on December 9, 2020, but lives on in people's hearts.

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