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Luigi “Gigi” Riva – nicknamed the “Sardin from Lombardy” – at the Cagliari stadium, where he spent almost his entire career. © ANSA / ANSA / XX

New details on the death of the icon: Italy remembers Gigi Riva

Italy's record goalscorer Gigi Riva died on Monday evening in Cagliari. Now the doctors have announced new details about the unexpected death.

While the Italian Supercup final was underway in Riyadh, the news spread News of Riva's death like wildfire. The 79-year-old was admitted to the “San Michele” hospital in Cagliari on Saturday because of a heart attack. His health appeared to be stable, as the treating doctors emphasized: “Nothing indicated a sudden deterioration.”


According to doctors, Riva suffered from chronic heart problems. He was examined on Monday morning. The doctors then advised him to have an operation. The former footballer and honorary president of Cagliari Calcio wanted to think about it, but decided against it. “His written consent for the operation would have been necessary,” said the doctors. Riva died at 19.10:XNUMX p.m.

Football Italy remembers the record goalscorer

“Without question, Gigi Riva was Italy's best striker of all time. He couldn't be kept in check, a truly exceptional footballer. As a person he was very humble, well-educated and polite. A real man,” remembers Arrigo Sacchi. The former national coach also worked with Riva in the Squadra Azzurra. Riva served as team manager at the 1994 and 2006 World Championships. Fabio Cannavaro, captain of the 2006 World Cup winning team, said: “He always instilled in us the important values. He was a good footballer, but an even bigger personality.”

FIFA, Italy's politicians (in the form of President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni), CONI boss Giovanni Malagò and almost all Italian professional clubs also said goodbye to Riva in statements.

Schlagwörter: Soccer Italy Gigi Riva

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Hermann Zanier

Therefore: have an operation so you can get back on your feet. Coronary vessels are not a problem at all, the aortha is more substantial but up to a certain age it is not a problem. You're in good hands in Trento or Verona and it's not far

23.01.2024 10:11

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