Paolo Rossi with wife Federica Cappelletti Credit: User

Paolo Rossi, the footballer who helped Italy win the 1982 world cup passed away at the age of 64.

His wife, Federica Cappelletti took to Instagram to announce the news. She posted a photo of them with the caption “Per sempre [Forever].”

Though the exact cause of his death is not known, it is rumoured to be from an “incurable disease.”

This news comes two weeks after Argentinian legend Diego Maradona passed away due to a massive heart attack, at the age of 60.

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Rossi led Italy to the 1982 FIFA World Cup title, scoring six goals to win the Golden Boot as top goalscorer. He was awarded Ballon d’Or in 1982.

During his time with Juventus, he won two Italian Serie A titles, a European Cup and a Coppa Italia. But, he is most fondly remembered for the six goals which led Italy to the World Cup victory.

Rossi had an eventful career. He was disqualified from international football for three years for his involvement in a 1980 betting scandal. The ban was later reduced to two years. However, Rossi always denied the charges.

Before retiring in 1987, he also played for AC Milan and Hellas Verona.



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