‘Davide ran alongside Giorgio and the boys’ – Juvefc.com
On March 4, 2018, Calcio fans were devastated by the news of the tragic death of Davide Astori. The defender died in his sleep, as his team Fiorentina prepared to face Udinese.
The late captain of Viola was a beloved figure of the Italian national team and was a longtime friend with Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci of Juve.
Bianconeri defenders led Italy to European glory, as the Azzurri won the Euro 2020 trophy following a dramatic shootout against England at Wembley.
The Three Lions quickly took the lead thanks to Luke Shaw, but Roberto Mancini’s men rebounded in the second half and found the equalizer thanks to Bonucci, the score remaining 1-1 after 120 minutes of play.
The defenders of the Old Lady both dedicated the grand triumph to their late teammate, and Astori’s brother – Bruno – thanked them on behalf of the whole family.
“I think Davide has raced alongside Giorgio and the boys at every stage of this European Championship,” Astori said according to ilBianconero.
“Their dedication goes beyond all circumstances and Giorgio’s tears are those of a group of young people who shared joys, pains, difficulties and emotions. They have spent years together in the Azzurri locker room, since the days of youth teams.
“They have given everything over the years, between missed opportunities and qualifications, but never giving up! he added.
“We often think of these guys as heroes from another world because from the outside we see them so perfect and unapproachable. On behalf of all of our family… thank you guys… with all my heart! concludes Davide’s brother.