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RIP Italian Legend Paolo Rossi

Italian legend Paolo Rossi, who was the Golden Boot winner at the 1982 World Cup, has sadly passed away.

Rossi was the star player at the 1982 World Cup in Spain when the Italians lifted the trophy, as he scored six goals at the tournament.

Having come to prominence at Vicenza, Rossi also played for Juventus, Perugia, Verona and AC Milan.

He won 48 caps for the Azzurri, scoring 20 goals.

Rossi was 64 years old.

“We are all shocked here because Paulo Rossi is such an iconic figure for Italian football,” Italian journalist Daniele Verri told BBC World Service.

“He is part of Italian history that goes beyond football. For those who were lucky enough to see him play in the 1982 World Cup we cannot ever forget what he did.”

“The images of Spain 82 are part of Italian culture.”

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