Italy’s World Cup hero has died after battling illness for several weeks.
striker was announced to have passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning by
presenter Enrico Varriale who has been working with Rossi as a pundit in recent years.
“Such terribly sad news: Paolo Rossi has left us,” wrote Varriale.
“Unforgettable Pablito, who made all of us fall in love in that summer of 1982 and who was a precious and competent work colleague in RAI over recent years.
“RIP dear Paolo.”
Rossi led Italy to World cup glory in 1982 with his famous appearances in the tournament. The Italian legend scored a hittrick in Italy’s 3-2 win against Brazil and also scored the opening goal against West Germany in the tournament’s final which was ultimately won with a 3-1 result. Following the 1982 tournament, Rossi was awarded the Ballon d’Or and became the first-ever player to hold all three World Cup title, Ballon d’Or and Golden boot honors simultaneously. The Italian legend has scored 134 goals in 338 club appearances and is considered as one of the best forwards of all time. He won the Seire A on two occasions with Juventus in 1981-81 and also 1983-84 and also managed to achieve European glory with the club in 1984-85.