Italian World Cup hero Paolo Rossi’s home burgled during funeral

The home of Italy’s 1982 World Cup hero Paolo Rossi was burgled during his funeral service on Saturday, the BBC reports.

The footballer’s funeral was held in the north-eastern city of Vicenza after he died on Thursday at the age of 64.

Italy’s Ansa news agency said Rossi’s wife, Federica Cappelletti, returned home from the ceremony to find their home in Tuscany had been broken into.

A watch belonging to Rossi and cash were among the items reported stolen.

The break-in has been reported to the police and an investigation is under way.

Rossi and his family lived in a farmhouse in Poggio Cennina, a resort overlooking the Val d’Ambra southeast of Florence, where Rossi ran an organic farming company.

His death triggered an outpouring of grief in Italy, where he is widely regarded to be one the country’s best attacking players of all time.

He scored 20 goals in 48 appearances for the Italian national side, including six during the team’s World Cup triumph in 1982.

At club level he was a prolific scorer for Vicenza and Juventus, with whom he won two Serie A league titles.

Vicenza was where thousands of mourners gathered to say their last goodbyes to Rossi on Saturday.

His coffin was carried to the Santa Maria Annunciata cathedral by his teammates from the 1982 World Cup-winning side, including Marco Tardelli, Giancarlo Antognoni, Antonio Cabrini and Fulvio Collovati.

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