A life in pictures: Paolo Rossi

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A life in pictures: Paolo Rossi

A life in pictures: Paolo Rossi

Best remembered for his performance at the 1982 World Cup, the legendary Italian forward has died at the age of 64. We take a look at his career

    Paolo Rossi began his career at Juventus, but made his Serie A debut while on loan at Como in the 1975-76 season.

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    A Panini sticker shows Paolo Rossi in a blue Como kit.

    Rossi (back row, second right) was sold to Vicenza for the following season where he transformed from a slight winger to a deadly striker, scoring 21 goals and winning the Serie B golden boot.

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    A Vicenza team photo with Paolo Rossi in the back row.

    Vicenza won promotion to Serie A, where Rossi became the first player to win the golden boot in Serie B and Serie A in consecutive seasons. Vicenza finished second behind Juventus, who still part-owned the forward.

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    Rossi plays for Vicenza in Serie A.

    International recognition soon followed, as Rossi made his debut against Belgium a few months before the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

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    Paolo Rossi in an Italy tracksuit.

    Rossi was part of Italy’s 1978 squad, playing as a centre-forward but interchanging with wingers Franco Causio and Roberto Bettega to good effect.

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    Paolo Rossi signing autographs for fans in Buenos Aires during the 1978 World Cup.

    Rossi celebrates his goal against Hungary in the group stages. The striker scored twice as Italy won all three games in their group.

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    Paolo Rossi celebrates his goal v Hungary in the 1978 World Cup.

    Italy were eliminated by the Netherlands in the second round, but Rossi was voted into the team of the tournament, winning the Silver Ball for second-best player behind Argentina’s Mario Kempes.

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    In action during the 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the third place play-off at the 1978 World Cup.

    Paolo Rossi returned home a hero, and completed a permanent move to Vicenza for a world-record fee of 2.6bn lira, or around £1.75m.

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    Paolo Rossi in 1979.

    Rossi’s career hit a sudden hurdle in 1980 when he received a three-year ban for involvement in the Totonero betting scandal, something which he always denied. The ban was later reduced to two years, allowing him to return to Juventus and be available for the 1982 World Cup.

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    Paolo Rossi outside an Italian court in 1980.

    Rossi took his place in Italy’s World Cup squad despite having barely played a competitive game for two years. He started badly, but manager Enzo Bearzot stuck with him as Italy scraped into the second round.

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    Rossi lines up for an Italy game in Spain.

    Rossi rewarded his coach with a sensational performance in the classic match against Brazil in Barcelona.

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    Paolo Rossi gets away from Brazil’s Junior in the classic match versus Brazil at the ‘82 World Cup.

    Rossi scored a hat-trick as Italy beat favourites Brazil 3-2 to reach the semi-finals.

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    Rossi celebrates his second goal vs Brazil. He went on to net a hat-trick in the 3-2 win.

    Italy beat Poland 2-0 in the semi-finals, with Rossi scoring both goals, to set up a final against West Germany.

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    Paolo Rossi celebrates a goal with teammate Bruno Conti.

    Rossi opened the scoring for Italy in the final, and they went on to win the game 3-1 to claim their third World Cup.

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    Italy beat West Germany 3-1 in the final, with Rossi netting the second goal.

    Rossi travels home with the World Cup. The striker scored six goals in Spain, winning the golden boot and the golden ball for best player.

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    Rossi travels home with the World Cup.

    After the World Cup, Rossi returned to Juventus where he spent the next three seasons.

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    In training with Juventus

    Rossi won six major trophies with Juve, and also picked up the Ballon d’Or in 1982.

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    Rossi receives a trophy in his Juventus shirt.

    Rossi gets the better of Manchester United’s Remi Moses in the 1984 European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final. Juventus went on to win the tournament.

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    Rossi gets the better of Manchester United’s Remi Moses in the 1984 European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final.

    Rossi with Juve teammate Zbigniew Boniek after beating Liverpool in the 1984 European Super Cup.

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    Rossi with Juve teammate Zbigniew Boniek after beating Liverpool in the 1984 European Super Cup.

    Rossi won the European Cup in his final season with Juventus, beating Liverpool in the 1985 final. The game was overshadowed by the Heysel disaster.

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    Rossi lifts the European Cup.

    After retirement, Rossi went on to become a successful pundit on Italian TV. He is seen here on La Domenica Sportiva with Paola Ferrari and his old teammate Marco Tardelli.

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    After retirement, Rossi went on to become a successful pundit on Italian TV. He is seen here on La Domenica Sportiva with Paola Ferrari and his old teammate Marco Tardelli.

    Rossi is pictured with Pele in 2004, after the Brazilian named Rossi in his list of 125 greatest living footballers.

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    Rossi is pictured with Pele in 2004, after the Brazilian named Rossi in his list of 125 greatest living footballers.

    Rossi and Diego Maradona pose for a photo at the Italian football hall of fame awards ceremony in Florence in 2017.

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    Rossi and Diego Maradona pose for a photo at the Italian football hall of fame awards ceremony in Florence in 2017.

    Rossi, photographed in 2004 for an interview with the Observer.

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    Photographed in 2004 for an interview with The Obsever.

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