Gianni salue Pablito
“Ciao Pablito, your name will remain synonymous with joy, revenge, generosity, kindness, success and, in my eyes, pride for all Italians. A very human hero and a world legend. “
Find the full statement by FIFA President Gianni Infantino below …
After Rossi’s hat-trick in the 1982 Spain quarter-finals, it took 30 years for another player to score a hat-trick against Brazil, with Lionel Messi giving Argentina the victory in a friendly in 2012 ( 4-3).
When Enzo plays art lovers
Paolo Rossi remained silent in the jersey of the Italian team for three years and nearly 15 hours of play. Azzurri are preparing to face Brazil, the big favorite of the event, more and more voices are raised to claim the head of the Italian striker.
But Enzo Bearzot remains deaf to these requests. “He was the best striker in the world and I knew he could lead us to victory in the World Cup”, later said the man nicknamed the Old.
The Italian coach then finds an astonishing ploy to change the ideas of his striker. The day before the match, he learns about cubism and surrealism in painting. He goes to Rossi’s room the same evening and spends 40 minutes talking about art with his player.
The next day, Rossi repainted Barcelona blue, stealing the limelight from a Selection where artists are however numerous.
“It may seem ridiculous, but I have often thought about this conversation and the importance it had on what happened next,” Rossi confided, years later. “At the time, I hadn’t realized that his interest was faked. It relaxed me. I slept well and in the morning, I felt good.”
Only three players have won the adidas Golden Ball, the adidas Golden Boot and the World Cup Trophy in a single edition: Garrincha (Chile 1962), Mario Kempes (Argentina 1978) and Rossi (Spain 1982) ).