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The Italian legend and 1982 world champion, Paolo Rossi, dies at the age of 64


The legendary Italian striker Paolo Rossi dies at the age of 64: Honors for the "unforgettable" World Cup winner from 1982 who "made us all fall in love this summer"

  • Paolo Rossi died at the age of 64, said the Italian TV channel RAI Sport
  • The Italian is best known for his heroics at the 1982 World Cup in Spain
  • He won the Golden Shoe and the Golden Ball when Italy won the tournament
  • Rossi was also successful at Juventus for four years and also played for AC Milan

Paolo Rossi, the star of the successful Italian World Cup in 1982, tragically passed away at the age of 64.

The death of the former Juventus and AC Milan striker, who won the Golden Shoe and Golden Ball in 1982 and played 48 international matches for his country, was announced by Italian television in the early hours of the morning on Thursday RAI Sport who Rossi had recently worked on as an expert.

Rossi won two Serie A titles, a European Cup and a Coppa Italia, for four years at Juve, but it's his most remembered time for the national team as his six goals Italy won 38 years ago in Spain led.

With Rossi's goals, Italy won the 1982 World Cup in Spain. He is pictured here celebrating his team's first goal in a 3-1 final win over West Germany after winning both of them in a 2-0 semi-final win over Poland

Rossi was the top scorer in the successful 1982 Italian World Cup in Spain (above).

Rossi was the top scorer in the successful 1982 Italian World Cup in Spain (above).

"Such terribly sad news: Paolo Rossi has left us," he said RAI Sport Moderator Enrico Varriale.

& # 39; Unforgettable Pablito, who made us all fall in love in the summer of 1982 and who has been a valuable and competent work colleague at RAI in recent years.

"RIP dear Paolo."

Rossi scored a total of 20 goals for the Italian national team from 1977 to 1986. His achievements in the final stages of the 1982 World Cup brought him into Italian folklore.

Italian football legend Paolo Rossi (center) tragically passed away at the age of 64

Italian football legend Paolo Rossi (center) tragically passed away at the age of 64

The striker spent four years at Juventus and also at AC Milan and Hellas Verona

The striker spent four years at Juventus and also at AC Milan and Hellas Verona

He scored a hat-trick in a famous 3-2 win over Brazil, scored both goals in a 2-0 semi-final win over Poland and scored the first goal in a 3-1 final win over West Germany in Madrid.

At club level, Rossi played alongside Juve and Milan until his retirement in 1987 for Como, Vicenza, Perugia, Milan and Hellas Verona.

With 134 goals in 338 club games, he is widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his time.

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