Rossi is finest recognized for main the Italian Nationwide Group to a World Cup victory in 1982 in opposition to West Germany after scoring six whole objectives within the match, together with a hat trick in opposition to Brazil within the second stage.
Rossi’s spouse, Federica Cappelletti, posted on Instagram a photograph of her and Paolo with the caption “Per Sempre,” which interprets to “Without end.”
She didn’t disclose the reason for his demise.
Broadly thought to be one of many best Italian soccer gamers of all time, Rossi gained the Golden Boot on the 1982 World Cup in Spain, as high goalscorer, and the Golden Ball for the participant of the match, and in the identical yr, the Ballon d’Or European Footballer of the Yr for his performances.
Whereas a member of Italian soccer membership Juventus FC, Rossi gained two Italian Serie A titles, a European Cup and a Coppa Italia in his 4 years with the membership. Rossi additionally performed for AC Milan.
After his soccer profession, Rossi labored as a pundit for RAI.
“Such terribly unhappy information: Paolo Rossi has left us,” RAI mentioned. “Unforgettable Pablito, who made all of us fall in love in that summer season of 1982 and who was a treasured and competent work colleague in RAI over latest years.”
Rossi is the second well-known World Cup winner to die within the area of two weeks, following the demise of Argentine nationwide hero Diego Maradona in November.