Paolo Rossi, the hero of the Italian team that won the 1982 World Cup in Spain in the final against Germany, has died at age 64 of an incurable disease, as announced by Gazzeta dello Sport.
Rossi, born on September 23, 1956 in Santa Lucia, became the great hero of the Italian team that won the 1982 World Cup in Spain after scoring the winning goal in the final against the German team led by Rumennnigge.
After taking his first steps at Como Calcio, he exploded as a player at Vicenza, with whom he achieved promotion to the first division, although it was at Juventus where he definitely stood out as a lethal striker to retire in 1987 at Hellas Verona.
It was at the 1982 World Cup where his legend was forged and he arrived after having been suspended for two years accused of intervening in gambling.
After a poor start to the championship, it was in the second part of the championship where it definitely exploded. Victims of his sense of goal and his assists were Argentina, against which he did not score but was decisive, or Brazil, which he left out with three goals. In the semifinals against Poland, his two goals placed Italy in the final.
It was the finishing touch of the world cup. In the final against Germany the winning goal was his, lived by the then president of the Republic Sandro Pertini, with great effusion in the box next to King Juan Carlos.
His great performance in that World Cup was shortly afterwards awarded the Ballon d’Or.