Paolo Rossi was 64 years old. He was a father of three children and had just renewed his marriage vows with Federica Cappelletti. The widow confirmed her husband’s death by bidding him farewell on social media.
After the Argentinian Diego Maradona , football is losing another of its legends . Paolo Rossi died this Wednesday December 9, 2020. His widow, Federica Cappelletti, sent him a touching farewell.
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Paolo Rossi was 64 years old. He succumbed to an incurable disease. All of Italy reacted to the announcement of this terrible news, confirmed by his wife Federica Cappelletti. She posted a selfie of the two of them on Instagram and captioned it with the phrase ” Forever ” followed by a red heart emoji.
On Facebook, the widow added: “ There will never be someone like you, unique, special. ” Paolo Rossi and Federica Cappelletti were married in 2010 and renewed their vows in March 2020, at the occasion of their tin wedding (corresponding to 10 years of marriage), in the Maldives. The couple gave birth to two daughters, and the former footballer was the father of a boy, born from his first marriage.
During his illustrious career, Paolo Rossi wore the shirts for Juventus Turin and the Italian national team. The former striker was even crowned world champion with the Squadra Azzura (nickname of the Italian team) in 1982, in Spain. Rossi had finished top scorer with 6 goals (including a hat-trick in the quarterfinals against Brazil) and best player of the tournament. That same year, Pablito , his alias, won the Ballon d’Or awarded by France Football magazine .
However, Paolo Rossi should not have played in the 1982 World Cup. He was suspended for three years in March 1980 in the “Totonero” affair, a scandal of match-fixing and illegal betting that had rocked football Italian and European. His sanction had been reduced.
At Juve, Paolo Rossi played with Frenchman Michel Platini . Their team won Serie A, the Italian Cup, the Cup of Cups and the European Supercup at the end of the 1983-1984 season. The following year, the “Old Lady” won the Champions Clubs Cup (now called the Champions League) in the terrible final against Liverpool at the Heysel stadium in Brussels, a meeting marked by the death of 39 supporters.
Paolo Rossi ended his career in 1987 at the age of 31.