ROME (AP) — Paolo Rossi, who led Italy to the 1982 World Cup title and later worked as a football commentator in his home country, has died. He was 64.
State-run RAI, where Rossi worked after his playing career, said yesterday he died of an incurable illness. RAI and other media cited an Instagram post by Rossi’s wife, Federica Cappelletti.
Rossi had a remarkable career comeback, leading Italy to the World Cup title after returning from a suspension following a betting scandal in 1980.
He scored six goals at the tournament in Spain, including a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Brazil and the opening goal in a 3-1 win over West Germany in the final. He was also voted FIFA player of the year in 1982.
The Italian football federation said it would fly flags at half-staff in a sign of mourning.