Paolo Rossi, the star of Italy’s victorious 1982 World Cup marketing campaign, has died on the age of 64.
His demise was introduced on Thursday morning by Italian TV channel RAI Sport, the place Rossi had been working as a pundit.
“Such terribly sad news: Paolo Rossi has left us,” RAI Sport presenter Enrico Varriale tweeted.
“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.”
Rossi’s spouse, Federica Cappelletti, posted a photo of herself and her husband on Instagram together with the phrases “per sempre” – “forever”.
Rossi gained two Serie A titles, a European Cup and a Coppa Italia throughout his taking part in profession however will probably be most fondly remembered for his six targets on the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
After failing to attain within the opening 4 video games of the event, Rossi scored a hat-trick in opposition to Brazil within the second group stage to ship Italy by way of to the semi-finals, the place he scored a brace in a 2-0 win over Poland.
The former Juventus and AC Milan striker opened the scoring within the closing as Italy beat West Germany 3-1 to say their third World Cup – and their first since 1938.
He was awarded the Ballon d’Or in 1982, changing into solely the third Italian to win the award on the time.
Born in Prato, Tuscany, Rossi performed his complete membership profession in Italy. He was banned for 3 years in 1980 as a part of the “Totonero” match-fixing scandal however all the time denied any wrongdoing.
The ban was later lowered to 2 years, permitting him to return to the Italy squad forward of the victorious 1982 World Cup marketing campaign.
He additionally scored three targets on the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, and with a complete of 9 targets, he stays Italy’s joint-highest scorer on the World Cup with Roberto Baggio and Christian Vieri.