Lega Serie A’s tribute to Rossi

The Lega has issued a press release with all the initiatives to remember and pay tribute to Paolo Rossi in Serie A Week 11.

This weekend will be dedicated to Paolo Rossi, who died at 64 on Wednesday, and the Lega Serie A and all the clubs will pay tribute to the former Italy international through a series of initiatives during the next round of fixtures.

Black armband: All the players will take to the pitch wearing a black armband on the left arm.

A minute’s silence: Before kick-off of each match, a minute of silence will be observed by the players and match officials, lined up around the circle in the centre of the pitch.

Image on the big screen and in the midfield circle: During the minute of silence, a commemorative image of Paolo Rossi will be projected on the giant screens of the stadiums.

And during the minute of recollection, a virtualisation of the midfield circle will be created and will show an image of the champion.

Commemorative audio clip: At the end of the minute’s silence, a historical audio clip will be broadcast inside each system that will recall the exploits of Paolo Rossi at the 1982 World Cup.


Inter miss out on money after Euro exist

Inter’s exit from Europe is not just a heavy blow to their sporting reputation, but also financially, boosting Juventus, Lazio and Atalanta.

The Nerazzurri finished bottom of their Champions League group for the first time in their history, meaning they also missed out on a Europa League spot.

Simply reaching the Round of 16 would’ve been worth €9.5m in UEFA rewards, but they do at least pocket €50m from the group stage.

Notably, having won only one game, the bonus for performances is just €5.4m, the same as last season.

When Luciano Spalletti won two games in 2018-19, he earned €7.2m in bonuses.

Inter also miss out on their share of the market pool for TV rights, and this means the share going to Juventus, Lazio and Atalanta will be bolstered.

If Inter had reached the quarter-finals, that would’ve been worth €10.5m, then €12m for the semi-finals and €15m for the Final.

Even just participating in the Europa League, considering Inter made it to the Final last season, would’ve been a financial boon.


Rossi dead: all the messages

Fans, teammates and friends of Paolo Rossi remember the Italy legend and Ballon d’Or winner, who died at the age of 64 last night.

The news was announced by RAI Sport presenter Enrico Varriale and confirmed by Rossi’s wife, Federica, last night.

The former Juventus, Como, Vicenza, Perugia, Milan and Hellas Verona striker retired in 1987, but it was as Italy’s hero in the 1982 World Cup that Rossi wrote his name in the history books.

Football Italia brings together the messages for the Italy legend.


Paolo Rossi has died

RAI report that 1982 World Cup winner, Italy legend and Ballon d’Or winner Paolo Rossi has died at the age of 64.

The news was announced by RAI Sport presenter Enrico Varriale, as Rossi had been working with RAI as a pundit in recent years.

“Such terribly sad news: Paolo Rossi has left us,” wrote Varriale.

“Unforgettable Pablito, who made all of us fall in love in that summer of 1982 and who was a precious and competent work colleague in RAI over recent years.

“RIP dear Paolo.”

Rossi’s wife Federica Cappelletti confirmed the news on social media, followed by his RAI colleague Varriale.

Fans, teammates and friends of Paolo Rossi are remembering the Italy legend and Ballon d’Or winner on social media.

During his playing career, the striker represented Juventus, Como, Vicenza, Perugia, Milan and Hellas Verona until his retirement in 1987.

However, it was as Italy’s hero in the 1982 World Cup that Rossi wrote his name in the history books.

He scored 20 goals in 48 caps for the Azzurri, including six on the way to the 1982 trophy in Spain.

His hat-trick to beat Brazil 3-2 is legendary, followed by both goals to defeat Poland 2-0 in the semi-final and finding the net in the 3-1 Final triumph against West Germany.

These exploits allowed him to win the Golden Boot as top scorer at the 1982 World Cup and consequently the 1982 Ballon d’Or as European Player of the Year.

Rossi was Capocannoniere of Serie A in 1977-78 with 24 goals, won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1984, UEFA Supercup in 1984-85, the European Cup with Juventus in 1985 and two Serie A titles in 1982 and ’84.

Pablito died just days after Diego Armando Maradona.

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Ronaldo: ‘The show must go on’

Cristiano Ronaldo has said he misses supporters in the stadiums but ‘the show must go on.’

The Juventus striker scored a brace against Barcelona securing the Old Lady a 3-0 win and the fist spot in the Champions League’s Group G.

Ronaldo had never scored against Barcelona in Europe’s elite competition before.

The former Real Madrid star has tweeted a picture of himself inside an empty Camp Nou saying that he misses fans although the show “must go on.”

“We all miss the supporters in the stadiums and hopefully things will change very soon… But until then, the show must go on,” CR7 wrote.

Ronaldo had also commented on Twitter Juventus’ win over the Blaugrana on Tuesday.

“Always great to return to Spain and to Catalunya, always hard to play in Camp Nou against one of the best teams I ever faced. Today we were a team of Champions! A true, strong and united family! Playing like this, we have nothing to fear until the end of the season… Let’s go!”

The 35-year-old has 12 goals in 10 appearances in all competitions so far this season.