Italy have made many sensational memories for football fans of any ages. It was Paolo Rossi that rose from the ashes and made Italy champion of the world. With honor let's see the top facts about Paolo Rossi and relive the best moments he made in football.
German football is known for its discipline and the hard working play style. Players with unique techniques and mind blowing skills are what Brazil and Argentina have. Italy is best known for its strong defenders Like Maldini Baresi and Cannavaro but a few strikers in Azzurri history are as famous as its best defenders. One of the strikers is Giuseppe Meazza who was a vital part of the 1934 and 1938 world cup winning team. The Milan stadium in San Siro is named after this legend.
Roberto Baggio with his ponytail is unforgettable. Baggio after a heavy injury that doctors suggested to end his show, came back on the field and won all the best awards a player could win. But the most curious case is Paolo Rossi. His story resembles an epic story of hard days and glorious ones too. Paolo Rossi's stats was good at Vicenza.
For the player, who Pelle listed as one of the 150 best players in football history, it is good to know what his honors are:
Paolo Rossi achieved almost every reward and title possible for a footballer. Titles like FIFA World Cup or UEFA Champions League were his team achievements. Paolo Rossi's individual awards include Ballon d'Or and Golden Boot for top scorer in Serie A, World Cup and European Cup. As Juventus player, he won Serie A and European Cup (Champions League) and UEFA Super Cup. By his magical feet he made Azzurri champion of the World Cup. Year 1982 was the top of Paolo Rossi's career.
In 1982, he won the Serie A with Juventus and right after that he won the World Cup with Italy National Team. At the end of that year, Rossi was named the best player in the world and won the Ballon d'Or.
Alongside Garrincha and Mario Kempes, Paolo Rossi is the third and the last footballer to simultaneously win a World Cup and also win the Golden Ball and Golden Boot of the tournament. After Rossi's championship with Juventus, in the Champions League in the 1984–85 season, he became the fourth Ballon d'Or winning player that also won the World Cup and the Champions League. Before this, only Sir Bobby Charlton, Gerd Muller and Franz Beckenbauer achieved this honor.
Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho and Kaka are among the other players who won the titles. One of the important facts about Paolo Rossi is that those two series of awards have only one person in common and that is the beloved Paolo Rossi. Paolo Rossi's transfermarket is full of question marks becuase except two contracts there is nothing about Paolo Rossi's Salary.
There aren't many facts about Paolo Rossi's early life. he was born on September 23, 1956 in Prato city in Tuscany. His parents were Amelia Ivana Carradori and Vittorio Rossi. Paolo Rossi's parents had another son named Rossano. Playing football was a big part of Paolo Rossi childhood.
Paolo Rossi began his professional career at the age of 17 in Juventus. Paolo Rossi's childhood ended here.
Paolo Rossi made his debut in professional football with Juventus in Coppa Italia in 1973. Juventus reached the final but couldn't win the cup, so Rossi's first medal was silver. Two years after joining Juventus, in order to gain some experience and time to play, he left the Old Lady on a loan contract to Como football club.
After many years of struggle between Serie C and Serie B, Como reached a promotion to Serie A in 1975. A revival in the 1970s, saw the club emerge as contenders for promotion to Serie A, this was achieved in but despite the best efforts of players such as Alessandro Scanziani, they would last only a season. The young Paolo Rossi finally made it to Serie A and appeared in six matches for Como. He had mostly played right wing role and didn't score any goals.
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When he turned 20, his career breakthrough happened. In 1976, Paolo Rossi joined Vicenza in Serie B. Giovan Battista Fabbri, Vicenza's manager changed his role to center forward and made him a crucial part of the team's lineup. Fabbri's trust in Paolo Rossi payed off and in 36 appearances in Serie B, he scored 21 goals for Vicenza. Vicenza became champion of the Serie B and promoted to Serie A and Paolo Rossi won the Serie B best scorer award.
In the following season, Rossi scored his first goal in Serie A, plus twenty three more goals in only 30 matches. In that season, he won the Capocannoniere award for top scorer in Serie A. One of the interesting facts about Paolo Rossi is that he was the first player to win the top scorer award in Serie B and Serie A in consecutive seasons. Having a machine gun like Paolo Rossi in the vanguard positions reached Vicenza to unbelievable second place in Serie A, right after their promotion from Serie B. That meant UEFA Cup qualification for Vincenza. Polo Rossi's amazing performance in 1977–78 led to his first national team debut. Paolo Rossi's age was 22.
Enzo Bearzot called Rossi's for 1978 World Cup in Argentina. Enzo Bearzot started his managerial career as the assistant of Giovan Battista Fabbri. At the 1978 World Cup, his team had and unlikely style of play for Italy.
With individual skill of his three forward players, Roberto Bettega, Franco Causio, and Paolo Rossi at the center, Azzurri showed lovely offensive performances. In the first match, Rossi scored his first national goal against France and led to winning the match. In the second fixture of the group stage, Hungary was the second victim of Paolo Rossi. In the third match, Italy defeated the host, Argentina, and reached the next round as the first team with three victories.
The next round was also another group stage. Italy finished second after Netherland and could not reach the final. Rossi scored one goal against Austria that let to Italy's only win in the second phase. Italy lost third place in play off and finished the World Cup without a medal. But Paolo Rossi was awarded Silver Ball for the second best player in the World Cup.
In 1978, Vicenza paid 2,612 billion lire to Juventus to gain full permanent ownership of Paolo Rossi. As one of the important facts about Paolo Rossi, we can mention this deal that made him the world's most expensive player. Despite 15 goals from Rossi, Vicenza relegated to Serie B. He joined Perugia on loan.
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Perugia finished the previous season in second place after Milan. The 1979–80 season of Serie A was under the influence of a match fixing scandal. The media named it Totonero. AC Milan relegated for the first time, due to connection to match fixing activities. Paolo Rossi was accused to being involved in betting and match fixing.
He received a three years ban from football. That meant he could not participate in the upcoming European Cup hosting by Italy. Italy again finished in fourth place. Rossi always claimed to be innocent and victim of injustice.
Despite the ban, Juventus purchased Polo Rossi for the second time in 1981. His sentence was deducted to two years and he capped in three matches at the end of the season and scored his first goal for Juventus. The club was celebrating the second star on the logo after the 20th Serie A championship in 1981–82 season.
Enzo Bearzot decided to ignore criticism about Paolo Rossi's body measurements and mentioned him on 1982 World Cup list. After two years of absence, he went to Spain for his second World Cup.
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In the first group stage round Paolo Rossi didn't score any goals but Italy finished second in the group after Poland and got into the next round. After poor performances in the three first matches, Bearzot announced the so-called silenzio stampa (press silence) in order to avoid the rising criticism from the Italian press.
In 1982, World Cup's second round, 12 teams were supposed to compete in four groups of three. In the hardest of groups ever, there were Argentina, Brazil, and Italy. In the first match, Diego Maradona and Mario Kempes could not do anything to stop Italy from winning the Argentina. Brazil had one of the strongest line-ups in football history with Zico, Falcao, Eder, Cerezo, and Doctor Socrates. Brazil won Argentina, three to one. So, the winner of the match between Italy and Brazil could go to the knockout phase.
In one of the most memorable matches in World Cup history, Rossi scored an early goal in the fifth minute. Seven minutes later Socrates scored the equalizer for Brazil. But later in 25th minute of the game Paolo Rossi scored another goal. Brazil's constant attacks could not penetrate Italy's defense wall and goalkeeper Dino Zoff behind them blocked all the Brazilian shots at goal. On 68 minutes, Falcao scored the second equalizer in the game.
With this result Brazil would have been through on goal difference. But in 74th minute, Paolo Rossi completed his hat trick and finished the game for Brazil. In the semi final, Italy faced Poland. This time Italy won the match with Paolo Rossi's brace and reached the final.
The final match was between Italy and West Germany in Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The First half of the final was goalless. In the second half Rossi scored the first goal in 57th minute of the game. Tardelli and Altobelli scored two other goals, making the late German goal useless. Scoring six goals made Paolo Rossi top scorer of the tournament, one goal more than Karl Heinz Rummenigge. Paolo Rossi won the Golden Boot award and Golden Ball award for the best player of the World Cup.
Rossi's accomplishments in Spain gained him the title of European Footballer of the Year, and World Player of the Year in 1982, as well as the 1982 Onze d'Or Award.
In 1982–83 season, Juventus finished second after Roma in the Serie A table. Paolo Rossi's stats were not as good as his time in Vicenza. He caped in 23 matches and scored only seven goals in Serie A. But his five goals in Coppa Italia helped Juventus to win the title. His six goals in the European cup brought Juventus to the final match, where they lost to Hamburg.
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Paolo Rossi's body measurment were still good. He was the top scorer in the competition. In the following season alongside Michel Platini, he won the Scudetto and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup followed by UEFA Super Cup. In 1985, he finally won the European Cup. It was the first time for Juventus to win this title, but it was the last season for Rossi in Bianconeri. It was good considering Paolo Rossi's age.
After leaving Juventus, he joined the other Italian giant, AC Milan. Paolo Rossi played in 20 Serie A matches for Milan and scored four goals. Half of the goals were in Milan's derby against Inter. The next season was his last one in Serie A. He ended his career at Hellas Verona in the 1986–87 season. In total 215 matches in Serie A he scored 82 goals. In his 48 caps for Azzurri, he scored 20 goals. Paolo Rossi's age was 31 at the time.
One of the facts about Paolo Rossi's personal life is that there were two marriages in Paolo Rossi's personal life. Paolo married Federica Cappelletti in 2010. Federica Cappelletti remained Paolo Rossi's wife until death made them apart. Paolo Rossi's wife posted on instagram photos of him after his death. We don't know whether she is the mother of Paolo Rossi's children.
Alessandro Rossi is Paolo Rossi's son. He also has two daughters, in the names of Sofia Elena and Maria Vittoria. Paolo Rossi's children are his legacy.
This is all we know about Paolo Rossi's personal life.
And there is nothing available about Paolo Rossi's Net worth and Paolo Rossi's Salary.
In August 1990, the hero of the 1982 World Cup was named vice-president of Lega Pro outfit Pescina Valle del Giovenco. Rossi joined by Ivano Bonetti, the club's new sports director. But the team failed to promote to higher levels. After spending his whole career in Italian football, he continued his work as a pundit for Sky, Mediaset, and Rai. Paolo Rossi's salary in television is not available.
On December 9 2020, Paolo Rossi passed away at the age of 64. One of the sad facts about Paolo Rossi was his lung cancer. Two weeks after Diego Maradona, another football legend died. Football lost best players of 1982 and 1986 World Cups in less than a month. Fans are sharing all the posts from Paolo Rossi's social media.