Davide Astori, Fiorentina Captain, Dies Aged 31

ACF Fiorentina captain and Italian worldwide Davide Astori, 31, has died as a consequence of a sudden sickness, the Italian soccer membership introduced on Sunday. “Fiorentina are profoundly shocked to have to announce the death of captain Davide Astori after a sudden illness,” the Serie A membership stated on Twitter. The 31-year-old, who leaves behind a two-year-old daughter, was in Udine to organize for Sunday’s match towards Udinese, who introduced the sport has been postponed.

A membership spokesman instructed AFP that he couldn’t give a reason for dying forward of an post-mortem. Italian media reported that Astori died of a coronary heart assault through the evening.

In addition to the Fiorentina recreation, Sunday’s match between Genoa and Cagliari, one among his former golf equipment, was known as off simply earlier than its 1230 (1130 GMT) kickoff.

When Astori’s dying was introduced on the stadium video display screen, lots of the gamers warming up walked off the sphere.

Astori started his profession at AC Milan, additionally taking part in for Cagliari and Roma earlier than becoming a member of Fiorentina in 2015. He performed 14 instances for Italy.

Former team-mates, coaches and groups have been amongst these taking to social media to specific their grief.

Gianluigi Buffon, the Juventus captain, known as Astori “a great man”.

“Farewell dear Asto”, wrote Buffon in a publish on Instagram accompanied by a photograph of the 2 gamers exchanging pennants earlier than a recreation between their golf equipment.

Buffon stated he didn’t normally make a behavior of expressing his emotions about others.

“I want to make an exception to my rule because you have a young wife and others close to you who are suffering, but mostly because your little girl deserves to know that her dad was a good man… a great man,” Buffon wrote. 

Radja Nainggolan, a Belgian worldwide who performed with Astori at two golf equipment, posted a photograph of the 2 of them joyously celebrating a objective at Cagliari.

“A great player, but an even bigger man, so many battles fought together in Cagliari before coming to Rome, I cannot believe it,” he wrote.

Astori’s formative membership Milan joined in.

“A man who loved football and who grew up with us. AC Milan is shocked by the tragic death of Davide Astori,” the membership’s official account tweeted in English.

Matteo Renzi, a former mayor of Florence and now chief of the Democrat Party in Sunday’s Italian election, tweeted: “This seems to me impossible. I don’t believe it and I cry with the family and everyone at Fiorentina. Ciao capitano.”

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