The football world was thrown into mourning again as World Cup legend Paolo Rossi has died at the age of 64.

Rossi was one of the Italian national football team that won the FIFA World Cup in 1982, a year he also bagged the prestigious Ballon d’Or.

Paolo Rossi had a staggering 134 club career goals 338 matches during his famous career and he even scored the opening goal of the 1982 World Cup final, helping his side to beat Germany 3-1.

He is best remembered for scoring the hat-trick that sunk Brazil out of the previous tournament.

Rossi won the Serie A twice and also helped Juventus to winning the European Cup in 1984.

He took up a career in punditry, after retiring, working for Italian outlet RAI Sport.

And it was RAI Sport presenter Enrico Varriale who took to twitter to announce the news of Rossi’s passing in the early hours of Thursday morning, December 10:

“A very sad news: Paolo Rossi left us.

“Unforgettable Pablito, who made us all fall in love in that summer of ’82 and who has been a precious and competent workmate at RAI in recent years. Rip dear Paolo.”

Rossi was regarded by many as one of the greatest footballers of all-time and arguably the best player to ever come out of Italy.