Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Davide Astori's shirt number to be retired at former clubs

Florence turns purple as Italy mourns death of Azzurri star Davide Astori Davide Astori Funeral
Edward Snyder | 10 March, 2018, 01:49

Fiorentina and Cagliari will retire the number 13 shirt worn by defender Davide Astori after the Italy worldwide died of a sudden illness over the weekend at the age of 31.

Piazza di Santa Croce is a famous large open square in Florence, Italy, home to the Basilica of the same name.

As Astori's coffin was driven past the Stadio Artemio Franchi, Fiorentina fans chanted "grande capitano" (great captain).

"In the world every day thousands of children who do not receive much attention die of hunger and they are just as important".

Juve and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, who was superb against Spurs, dedicated the victory to his worldwide teammate. It is not easy but he's always in our heart.

The Italian global leaves behind long-term wife Francesca Fioretti and their two-year-old daughter Vittoria.

At the San Siro tonight Milan will play Arsenal in the Europa League and a minute's silence will be held.




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

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

"This is something that happened despite the regular check ups we footballers have once a month and its scary because he died in the bed and nothing really happened. He's a great teammate, a great man and I'll always carry him with me".

"How can we forget your laughter, your sense of humour?"

"I was at Milan when he was in the youth teams".

"It was very sad news on Saturday, devastated to hear the news and we share the pain with all the people in Italy and Florence and I send all my energy to his family". I didn't know Davide personally, but my Fiorentina friends had always drawn a splendid picture of him.

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