The 1982 Ballon d’Or winner has passed away at the age of 64. In the same year, Rossi led Italy to the world title by beating Germany in the final. So far, there has only been speculation about the cause of death.
According to media reports, Italian soccer world champion Paolo Rossi died at the age of 64. This is reported by the Italian news agency Ansa and the daily sports newspaper “La Gazzetta dello Sport”, referring to social media reports by his wife Federica Cappelletti on Thursday morning. Rossi, who led Italy to the 1982 World Cup title against Germany, died of an “incurable disease”, according to the newspaper.
Rossi, meanwhile, scored a 1-0 win against Germany, scoring a total of six goals in the last three matches of the tournament in Spain, and was crowned the tournament’s top scorer. In his home country, he has since been considered a football legend. He also received the Ballon d’Or in 1982, which went to the best football player in Europe at the time.