Mario Balotelli among stars at funeral of tragic Italy star Davide Astori

At his funeral, former AC Milan goal-machine Filippo Inzaghi, 44, was there along with ex-Inter star Javier Zanetti, 44. Playing just three days after the funeral will be unusual for us and for them.

Fiorentina announced on Sunday morning that Astori had died following a "sudden illness".

Thousands gather for the Fiorentina captain's funeral. Image PA Images
Thousands gather for the Fiorentina captain's funeral. Image PA Images

Speaking after Juve's Champions League victory, Chiellini said: "We dedicate the win to him".

Today the Bandiere were there in Santa Croce once again, however this time they would represent Florence for a much more sombre occasion. It is not easy but he's always in our heart. It was very hard during the match because we had to think of the game and the outcome, and it's not easy. You make us feel secure all the time and we will never forget your smile.


"Ciao dear Asto", Buffon wrote in Italian before going on to say that he rarely talks publicly about people but was making an exception "because. above all your little daughter, deserves to know that her father was in every way a GOOD PERSON. a TRULY GOOD PERSON". He was the number one in so many ways, his death really hit me hard.

Juve and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon also paid tribute to Astori, who won 14 caps for his national side.


"Genuine compliments, you were one of the best sporting figures I ever came up against".

The Italian worldwide leaves behind long-term wife Francesca Fioretti and their two-year-old daughter Vittoria. Italy worldwide Astori captained club team Fiorentina, who retired the number 13 shirt in his honour.


"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".

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