Italy legend Paolo Rossi’s house was burgled during his funeral service yesterday, reports claim.
Former Juventus and AC Milan striker Rossi, who was instrumental in Italy’s World Cup triumph in 1982 as he finished the tournament as top goalscorer, died aged 64 on Thursday.
According to local Italian media outlet Ansa news agency, Rossi’s wife, Federica Cappelletti, returned home from the ceremony in the north-eastern city of Vicenza to find their home in Tuscany had been broken into.
A watch belonging to Rossi and cash were among the items reported stolen by burglars and it is understood the raid has been reported to the police and an investigation is under way.
Rossi’s death triggered an outpouring of grief in Italy, where he is widely regarded to be one the country’s best attacking strikers of all time.
He scored a hat-trick against Brazil in the second group of the 1982 World Cup in Spain to help Italy reach the semi-finals.
Rossi then scored both of Italy’s goals in their semi-final win against Poland and their opener in the final, which they won 3-1 against West Germany.
Rossi was banned for three years after being implicated in a match-fixing scandal in 1980, but always maintained his innocence and his exile was reduced to two years on appeal.
He spent his entire club career in Italy, starting out at Vicenza before moving on to Juventus, with whom he won two Serie A titles and the 1984 European Cup. He also played for AC Milan and Verona.