World champions, former teammates and family took part in the day organized in Zurich to remember Pablito. Touching speech by Gianluca Vialli: “For me you have been a myth. When I reach you, please, let me play with you”
“Paolo Rossi for me is the Italian who has had the most impact on the pride of the country in the last generation”. Perhaps Gianni Infantino exaggerates, or think about it no, and thus introduces the day organized by Fifa in memory of Pablito in Zurich. A melancholy party, but in its own way a party, with the inauguration of a temporary exhibition dedicated to Paolo and eight world champions … plus one present: Tardelli, Cabrini, Gentile, Altobelli, Conti, Marini, Giovanni Galli, Dossena and Zambrotta, 2006 champion. Together with them, Paulo Roberto Falcao and Leo Junior, Brazilians infiltrated with a smile, and Abraham Klein, the referee of the legendary Italy-Brazil 3-2, now an 87-year-old man with his unique history : a Holocaust survivor, during the ’82 World Cup he lived with anxiety for his son Amit, who was fighting in Lebanon. From a distance, with a video message, Zibì Boniek, Kalle Rummenigge and Gianluca Vialli sent a thought. Obviously, together with all of them, Paolo’s family was at the center of the afternoon: his wife Federica, their children Alessandro, born in magical 1982, Maria Vittoria and Sofia Elena.
Let me play with you
The champions signed the Wall of Champions, the wall that collects the autographs of the world champions, and raised the original World Cup, the 1982 one kept in the Fifa Museum. “Paolo is a model – said Gabriele Gravina, president of the FIGC -. I hope that the friendship between the ’82 champions will continue his example “. The most touching moment, at the moment of the video message of a moved Gianluca Vialli: “I miss you so much Paolo, for me you were a legend, then a friend, an older brother, one of the best people I met. I am sad but also happy to have been part of your life … and you of mine. I thank the Lord who made us meet. You left because as a bomber you wanted to go and see first of all what is on the other side. When I reach you, please let me play with you ”.
A stadium for him
Smiles and emotion, emotion and smiles. The day went on like this, between emotional leaps, with Infantino and Gravina who looked to the future and guaranteed: “We will strive to understand if it is possible that the Olimpico or another stadium is named after Paolo. Of course, it doesn’t depend on us “. Matter the right, this was not the day of claims. Federica Cappelletti thus avoided criticizing France Football for Paolo’s (terrible) forgetfulness, in memory of the champions who disappeared during the Ballon d’Or ceremony, and aimed higher: “France Football is contacting me with an infinity of proposals to remedy. I’m sure they didn’t forget Paolo voluntarily but now I need some time to think. Rather, I am happy to be here. Paolo said ’82 champions are my brothers’ and he was right. This would have been a very sad evening to live at home, but here I feel at home ”.
9 December – 20:12
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