Emotional Florence farewell for Davide Astori


On Wednesday night they dedicated victory at Wembley to Davide Astori and today Juventus's players gathered to say goodbye to their former Italy team-mate. He leaves behind his partner and two-year-old daughter.

Italian global Astori passed away from a cardiac arrest, aged just 31, this past weekend and was found dead in his hotel room just hours before a scheduled match against Udinese.

And on Thursday, Croatia worldwide Badelj eloquently expressed the pain the Fiorentina squad will feel at the absence of their captain.

Players and officials from Serie A and further afield were among those to attend the funeral at the Basilica of Santa Croce, including former Roma captain Francesco Totti and a delegation from Inter Milan led by Javier Zanetti and Luciano Spaletti. "Thank you Davide, you our are light, you are the pure football of children, the son and brother we would all like to have", the letter said.

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"Your parents didn't make any mistake with you, not even the tiniest bit".

"You were the best expression of an old-fashioned world, in which values such as altruism, elegance, education and respect for others, were the masters".

Our thoughts go to your family, to Francesca and Princess Victoria. "You are the light for all of us".

All teams from Serie A and Serie B, as well as the Italian national team, were represented. As soon as the coffin was brought back out, the people in the square again raised their scarves, sang the Fiorentina anthem and chanted Astori's name and "there's only one captain".

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The sudden death of the 31-year-old who captained his club has sparked an outpouring of grief in football-mad Italy.

Many dignitaries and former teammates were at the funeral, including Giuseppe Rossi, who plays for Genoa, and Borja Valero and Matias Vecino, who play for Inter Milan.

Fiorentina have retired Astori's 13 jersey with their captain was laid to rest today in Florence.

Astori spent eight years with Cagliari from 2008 playing 179 times in all competitions before joining Fiorentina in 2016.

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