Paolo Rossi, Italy’s 1982 World Cup hero, dies at 64

Italy’s 1982 World Cup hero Paolo Rossi has died aged 64.

Rossi finished as top scorer and was named as the tournament’s best player as he led the Azzurri to victory in Spain.

At club level he was a prolific scorer for Vicenza, earning a move to Juventus and then AC Milan.

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His death was announced on Thursday after a reported long battle with illness, though any further details have not been disclosed.

Rossi scored 20 goals in 48 appearances for the Italian national side, and more than 100 Serie A goals during spells with Vicenza, Perugia, Juventus, Milan and Verona.

“Sometimes there are simply no words to express the pain we are all experiencing,” said a statement from Vicenza.

After his heroics at the 1982 World Cup, he was awarded the Ballon d’Or which at the time was given to the European footballer of the year.

After retiring from football in the late 1980s, Rossi worked as a pundit for Sky, Mediaset and Rai.


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