Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
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Davide Astori's shirt number to be retired at former clubs

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

Astori tragically passed away in his hotel last Sunday, as his side prepared for their Serie A trip to Udinese.

Juve and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, who was superb against Spurs, dedicated the victory to his worldwide teammate. I think for us he was important for our national team, he always brought positive emotion and always smiled. You make us feel secure all the time and we will never forget your smile. He is survived by his partner, Francesca Fioretti, and their two-year-old daughter.

In an Instagram tribute following Astori's death, Buffon wrote: "Your little girl, deserves to know that her father was in all respects a ideal person".

"You were one of the best sporting figures in which I came across".

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

The Rossoneri lost the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie 2-0 at home to Arsenal, with a deflected Henrikh Mkhitaryan strike and Aaron Ramsey springing the offside trap.

"You couldn't speak any foreign languages but everybody understood you because you spoke with your heart", said teammate and vice-captain Milan Badelj, reading from a letter composed by the squad which spoke of a "simple, direct and pragmatic player - but like no other".

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

We can not forget your laughter, your way of joking with everyone.

Those words seemed strangely appropriate for Davide Astori, as supporters fought through their sadness to forever honour a man whose smile and courage - both as a Captain and as a man - provided light for all those around him. I didn't know Davide personally, but my Fiorentina friends had always drawn a splendid picture of him. I'm sorry for his family. The team was very shaken on Sunday. "The told me that he was always busy with chartibale tasks in the dressing room without talking about it. Davide was completely exemplary".

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