Rome (AP) – Former world football champion Paolo Rossi of Italy died at the age of 64, according to media reports. This was reported by the Italian news agency Ansa and “La Gazzetta dello Sport”, citing social media posts by his wife Federica Cappelletti.
Rossi, who led Italy to the 1982 World Cup title against Germany, died of an “incurable disease”, according to the newspaper.
Rossi scored a 1-0 win against Germany in the World Cup, scoring a total of six goals in the last three matches of the tournament in Spain and became a football legend in his home country. In 1982 he also received the Ballon d’Or, which at the time went to the best football player in Europe.