Paolo Rossi’s home burgled during his funeral – the ANSA agency has reported that as Italy mourned the death of the Paolo Rossi, during the funeral, his house was broken into with the thieves stealing valuable jewelry and some amount of money.
During the funeral for the former ‘Azzuri’ hero Paolo Rossi in Vicenza, the ‘ANSA’ agency report that at the very same time, thieves broke into his Tuscany home and stole a sum of money reported to be no more than 100 euro and some valuable watches belonging to the former striker. The news has generated mass indignation in Italy where the funeral was broadcast live on public television.
Italian national daily Gazzetta dello Sport said that Paolo Rossi’s wife came back from the service to find the house burgled and ransacked.
A watch, jewellery and some cash were among the items taken, according to Italian media.
Memorabilia linked to Rossi’s career had not been taken, however.
The former Italy World Cup-winning forward Rossi died aged 64 following a battle with illness, and his passing away was confirmed by his wife, Federica Cappelletti earlier this week. It was his wife who discovered the break-in as she returned to their home in Bucine and local forensic police are investigating the matter.
Notable performances of the Paolo Rossi the world cup 1982
Paolo Rossi nearly didn’t make the 1982 World Cup. He was suspended for three years in 1980 amid a scandal over rigged matches and illegal betting in Italy, but after a reduction in his sanction, he was called up for the side.
And that fateful development saw Italy crowned the winners. He scored a hatrick against Brazil – at the time seen as the favourites to win the World Cup in Spain – knocking them out of the tournament.
He then scored twice against Poland, sending his side into the final, before opening the scoring against West Germany, in a match Italy won 3-1.
He was named best player, and top scorer, and then finished the year as the Ballon d’Or winner.
He played for a number of clubs in Italy, most famously Juventus where he won two Serie A titles, one European