Italy legend Paolo Rossi has died at the age of 64.
The former Juventus, AC Milan and Vicenza player is considered one of the best players Italy has ever produced.
He was part of the team for the 1982 World Cup, and scored the opening goal in the final as Italy beat West Germany 3-1.
Rossi had the best performance of his life earlier in the tournament as he scored a hat-trick to knock Brazil out and send them out of the competition with a 3-2 win over Gili Azzuri.
As one of the best performances ever seen at the World Cup, the performance is considered to be one of Brazil’s favorite to go to the tournament.
He is considered the best forward of all time after scoring an incredible 134 goals in 338 club games.
Rossi spent his entire career in Italy, winning Serie A on two occasions and helping Juventus to the 1984 European Cup.
After retirement, Rossi took a career in Panditari, working for the Italian outlet RI Sport.
It was RII Sport presenter Enrico Varial who announced the news of Rossi’s passing early on Thursday morning.
He wrote on Twitter: “Very sad news: Paolo Rossi left us.
“Unforgettable Pablito, who fell in love with us all that summer of ’82 and who has been RII’s most valuable and capable workmate in recent years. Dear Paulo.”
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