Paolo Rossi, who led Italy to the 1982 World Cup title, has died of an incurable illness at the age of 64 on Dec. 09, 2020.
He had scored six goals at the tournament in Spain, including a hat trick in a 3 to 2 win over Brazil. The opening goal in a 3-1 win over West Germany in the final. He had also won the Ballon d’Or award for the year 1982 and the best footballer in Europe title. Rossi’s hat-trick against Brazil is considered one of the most famous matches in the competition’s history. Rossi had later worked in a state-run RAI television, where he had worked as a sportscaster. Previously he faced a suspension after getting involved in a betting scam and later made a comeback leading Italy to their third world cup title.
Rossi’s wife, Federica Cappelletti, addressing the media outside the hospital, had said that he passed away on the bed in his sleep while at the hospital.