In Italian football history, Paolo Rossi, who was born on September 23, 1956, and passed away on December 9, 2020, will always be remembered. A prolific attacker, Rossi’s influence on the game is enshrined in legendary moments, especially in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, when he captained Italy to victory and sealed his place in the annals of football history.
Rossi reached his peak during the Spain-hosted FIFA World Cup in 1982. Being a dominant player on the pitch, he became the tournament’s leading scorer and won the Golden Boot with six goals. He was awarded the Golden Ball, a symbol of his remarkable play and the tournament’s best player, for his outstanding efforts.
The fact that Rossi is still the only player from Europe and one of just three players worldwide (with Mario Kempes in 1978 and Garrincha in 1962) to win the World Cup, the Golden Boot, and the Golden Ball all in the same edition is what sets his accomplishment apart.
Rossi demonstrated his goal-scoring ability at the club level, most notably with Vicenza, before becoming a worldwide hero. He completed a remarkable co-ownership transfer to Juventus in 1976, setting a transfer fee record at the time. Rossi, who led his side to promotion to Serie A in 1977 and emerged as the top striker in Serie B, was kept by Vicenza despite the first change.
Rossi’s goal-scoring prowess persisted in the next year, as he scored 24 goals to become the first player to top both the Serie B and Serie A scoring lists in back-to-back seasons. When Rossi first put on the Juventus uniform in 1981, he was a huge success. During his time at Juventus, he won the European Cup, the Coppa Italia, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, and two Serie A championships. After his incredible trip, Rossi became one of just nine players to win the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League, and the Ballon d’Or.
Paolo Rossi is regarded as one of the best Italian football players of all time, and his influence goes beyond the numbers. As part of FIFA’s 100th anniversary commemoration, Pelé honored Rossi’s services in 2004 by ranking him among the Top 125 best-living football players. In the same year, Rossi also managed to achieve the 12th spot in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll.
Rossi remained engaged in the football world even after he retired, serving as a commentator for Sky, Mediaset Premium, and Rai Sport.
Who is Paolo Rossi’s First Wife?
Simonetta Rizzato is the first wife of Paolo Rossi. There is not much information about her.