By, ASHIUBRE AMOS AJARA
The entire football fraternity has been thrown into mourning for the passing away of Italian soccer legend and World Cup winner Paolo Rossi.
Rossi became a household name after leading the Azzurri to victory at the 1982 World Cup tournament in Spain, finishing as top scorer and being named best player.
His death was announced on Thursday, following what Italian media report had been a long illness.
Rossi’s wife Federica Cappelletti posted a picture of them together on social media with the words “Per sempre” (“forever”).
She did not disclose the cause of his death.
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.
Following his performances 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.
He has also been regarded as one of the best players in his generation.