The footballing world showed their respect and paid homage to the late Azzuri Legend, Paolo Rossi, who has died at the age of 64.
, former Italy defender, has paid tribute to
saying he was “a friend more than a footballer.”
Italian football legend Paolo Rossi has died at the age of 64. Rossi is best known for leading Italy to World Cup glory in 1982, scoring six goals in the tournament.
"Paolo was a friend more than a footballer,” Collovati told Goal. “We shared almost 15 years as teammates with the Azzurri, from the youth teams to the two World Cups. Then he was also a fair opponent.
"On the pitch, he was a center-forward who I, playing the defender, marked. He annoyed me many times with his speed and acceleration.
“Life has given him so much, a Golden Ball and a World Cup, but at the same time has also taken a lot from him. He stopped playing at the age of 31 and had injuries. Despite this he was always smiling and therefore loved by the public. He never made a point of being a World Champion and a Ballon d'Or winner.”