Paolo Rossi, the 1982 World Cup best goalscorer, has died at the age of 64.
may not be well-known to teenage football fans, but he is the undisputed champion of the Spain World Cup,
He also won the title of top scorer at the 1982 World Cup and won the
in the same year, with Italy having the least chance of winning the title.
Now, his wife
has revealed her last words with the Italian legend;
“I said: ‘Know that I will raise our little girls and I will be close to your first son, Alessandro,”
“He was next to me. Then I told him to take all my love and that of the children and try to be well, to be happy forever.
“We loved each other every day, we were always close. And Paolo also reminded me of it in the last message he wrote me.
“I’ll read the full text: ‘Unfortunately I can’t sleep and I’m agitated. I look at the photos you send me and I think of our great love. I would just like to say thank you for what you are doing, for me and for our wonderful little girls. You are truly unique for the energies you give and the love you are able to give to everything. I hope the Lord can recognize all of this. Give you everything you deserve’.
“It was the first time he didn’t talk about himself too. There was God but Paolo was gone, even though he was consciously sure he could do it. The other day he had seen Juve-Torino on TV like a fan.
“He was hospitalized in the neurosurgery department and next to him he had the head medic Giuseppe Oliveri, the same doctor that operated on Alex Zanardi, a special person.
“Professor Oliveri was not just a doctor with his patient at that moment, but a football fan. He supported Torino and Paolo supported Juventus. They had a lot of fun.”
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