December 10, according to several Italian media reports, Italian legendary star Paul Rossi, a 1982 World Cup champion and golden boot winner, died at the age of 64.
It is reported that the news was announced by RAI sports host Variale. “So sad news is: Paul Rossi left us.” Varialai wrote, “He made us all fall in love in the summer of 1982 and has been a valuable and competent colleague in RAI in recent years. RIP, dear Paul.
Meanwhile, Rossi’s wife Federica Capelletti also confirmed the news on social media.
During his career, Paul Rossi played for Juventus, Como, Vicenza, Perugia, AC Milan and Verona, and he eventually retired in 1987.
In his club career, he has won many honors such as the Champions League, Serie A, the European Cup Winners’ Cup, the European Super Cup, the Coppa Italia and so on.
But the highlight of his career was the 1982 World Cup, where he scored six goals to help Italy win the World Cup. He left many classic battles in this competition, such as a hat-trick to help Italy defeat Brazil 3-2, and he also contributed goals in the semi-finals and finals.
These achievements not only earned him the Golden Boot and Player of the Year in the World Cup, but also won the Golden Globe Award in 1982 and the European Player of the Year.
In Italian football, Paul Rossi is thus regarded as a legend. After retiring, he has also worked as a sports commentator in football circles.