Football pays homage to Davide Astori one year on from the ex-Fiorentina captain’s death due to a cardiac arrest
- March 4, 2019 marks the one-year anniversary since Davide Astori’s death
- The ex-Fiorentina captain died of a cardiac arrest in his sleep just hours prior to their match with Udinese last season
- His former clubs and legends within Italian football paid homage to the defender
Those connected with Italian football have paid their respects towards Davide Astori one year on from his sudden and tragic death.
The former Fiorentina captain died of a cardiac arrest during his sleep on March 4, 2018 – just hours ahead of their Serie A clash with Udinese last season.
And one year on, the former Italy international central defender hasn’t been forgotten by the Viola, their rivals and greats of Italian football.
Italian football has paid its respects to Davide Astori – one year on from his death
The then-Fiorentina captain died of a cardiac arrest in his sleep on March 4, 2018
Fiorentina tweeted about Astori: ‘You have shown us the way … you are always with us’
Fiorentina uploaded a tweet on which read: ‘You have shown us the way… you are always with us.’
The tweet which was posted on Sunday night, ahead of the anniversary, was accompanied with a picture of Astori and Fiorentina fans holding a banner in tribute to him.
Fiorentina’s Serie A rivals Roma also paid tribute to Astori – who spent a season on loan with the club during the 2014-15 campaign.
‘Davide Astori, always in our hearts #DA13,’ they wrote with the tweet accompanied by a loveheart and a cartoon drawing of him playing for the club.
Astori, who would have turned 32 in January, started his career at AC Milan – coming through the ranks at the illustrious club. And on Monday they paid homage by writing: ‘Davide Astori passed away one year ago today, leaving a void in all our hearts #DA13.’
Astori’s former clubs Roma and AC Milan also paid their respects
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon grew close with Astori during their time together in the Italy squad and he took to Instagram to pay tribute to his deceased friend.
‘#Davide has always been a breath of clean and fresh air,’ he wrote alongside a throwback picture of the pair.
‘A dignified, cheerful, intelligent, opportune boy, without superstructures.
‘A NORMAL boy and therefore always special !!! #astori.’
Meanwhile Italian legend Giovanni Trapattoni tweeted: ‘No young man should leave us before the elders… goodbye @DavideAstori.’
Every Serie A match this weekend was interrupted in the 13th minute to remember Fiorentina captain Astori ahead of Monday’s first anniversary. The defender used to wear the No 13 shirt.
Italian greats Gianluigi Buffon and Giovanni Trapattoni also left tributes to the ex-defender
Every Serie A match this weekend was interrupted in…