Italian football great Paolo Rossi dies

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    Italian football great Paolo Rossi has died at the age of 64.

    Rossi is best known for leading Italy to World Cup glory in 1982, scoring six goals in the tournament, including a hat-trick against Brazil in the second group stage.

    He finished the tournament as top scorer and and was named best player.

    His death was announced on Thursday, following what Italian media report had been a long illness.

    The cause of his death however was not revealed by his family.

    In all, Rossi scored 20 goals in 48 appearances for the Italian national side, and more than 100 Serie A goals during spells with Vicenza, Perugia, Juventus, Milan and Verona.