Rossi’s wife, Cappelletti Federica, announced on her social media account that the legendary Italian footballer, who has been treated for a while, has passed away.
Rossi, who played in the leading clubs of his country such as Juventus and Milan, was engraved in memory with his performance in the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain.
Rossi, who was the top scorer by shaking the nets 6 times in the tournament, also scored a goal in the final match, where Italy beat West Germany 3-1 and reached the cup.
Rossi also won the “Golden Ball” award, which was given to the footballer of the year since 1982.
WHO IS PAOLO ROSSI?
Italian football is mourning the death of Paolo Rossi, one of the most important goalscorers in the history of the country.
Rossi, who passed away at the age of 64, took his place in history as one of the unforgettable figures for Italian football.
Rossi, the architect of the Italian National Team’s World Cup championship after 44 years in 1982, has a special place in country football.
Star of the 1982 World Cup
Paolo Rossi made history with his performance at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain.
Failing to deliver what was expected as a team in the first round of group matches, the focus of criticism was Rossi, who was away from football for a while due to the ban he received in 1980.
The Italian National Team, which had three draws from the group including Poland, Cameroon and Peru, could score two goals.
Rossi’s rise in the tournament started with tough second-round group matches. Italy defeated Argentina 2-1 in the first match, consisting of Diego Armando Maradona, Mario Kempes and Osvaldo Ardiles. Rossi performed one of the unforgettable performances of his career in the second match against Brazil, proving his critics wrong. Italy’s National Team managed to beat Brazil, aiming for the championship with names such as Falcao, Socrates and Zico, 3-2 with three goals scored by Rossi.
Rossi scored his team’s goals in a 2-0 match against Poland in the semi-finals, and in the final they beat West Germany 3-1, taking off the net once and stood out in Italy’s World Cup victory.
Rossi, who played the leading role in ending the 44-year longing of the Italian National Team in the World Cup, was the top scorer by airing the nets 6 times in the tournament and won the “Golden Shoe”.
Rossi, who led his country to the third World Cup victory after 1934 and 1938, also won the “Golden Ball” award given to the best player of the tournament.
He only played in Italy
Born on September 23, 1956 in Prato, Italy, in Tuscany, Rossi spent his entire career in his country.
Rossi, who is remembered as one of the icon names of the “Sky Blue” national jersey, experienced the brightest period of his club career in Juventus.
Paolo Rossi, who started his career in Juventus, could not perform as expected in his early years due to the effects of injuries. The Italian striker, who later served in Como, Vicenza and Perugia, returned to Juventus in 1981.
Rossi, who reached the top of his career in black and white, experienced many trophies. Joining stars such as Rossi, Michel Platini and Zbigniew Boniek, Juventus won two leagues, one Italian Cup, the European Cup Winners ‘Cup, the European Champion Clubs’ Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
Later, running for Milan with Hellas Verona, Rossi ended his active football career at the age of 31 in 1987 and worked as a television commentator in his country.
Name involved in match-fixing scandal
Paolo Rossi was banned from football for 3 years due to the match-fixing scandal (Totonero) that resulted in the relegation of Milan and Lazio in 1980.
Rossi could not play for the Italian National Team in the 1980 European Championship due to this penalty.
Rossi, whose sentence was reduced to two years later, had the opportunity to appear in the 1982 World Cup, where he became a star.
Paolo Rossi has been top scorer in Italian leagues with Vicenza jersey twice during his career.
He became the top scorer in the second league with 21 goals in the 1976-1977 season and with 24 goals in the 1977-1978 season in the first league.
Rossi, the top scorer with Juventus, who scored 6 goals in the European Champion Clubs Cup in the 1982-1983 season, won the Golden Ball award for the best footballer of the year in Europe in 1982.
Rossi scored 3 goals in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, and was awarded the Silver Ball as the second best player of the tournament after Mario Kempes, who won the Golden Ball.
Rossi won the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot at the 1982 World Cup, when he became star.
The Italian forward was named to the top 11 of the 1978 and 1982 World Cups in the national team, where he played 48 matches and scored 20 goals.