Fans & players say goodbye to Fiorentina captain Astori

Fiorentina fans gather ahead of a funeral service for captain Davide Astori

GABRIELE MALTINTI GETTY IMAGES Fiorentina fans gather ahead of a funeral service for captain Davide Astori

You are not like everyone else; you are the one that even if you did not know the languages well you managed to talk to all of us, speaking with the heart and keeping us united.

The Italian worldwide leaves behind long-term wife Francesca Fioretti and their two-year-old daughter Vittoria.

Sorrowful footballers matched to the Florence church in close company accompanied by thousands of fans dolled up in scarves in the club's famous violet to remember Davide Astori as he was being laid to rest in Florence. "You are the light for all of us".

Astori's mother blew a kiss to the crowd, and the people of Florence were also thanked by Marco Astori in his eulogy.

Fiorentina fans wait outside the church during the funeral ceremony of Italian player Davide Astori. Marco van Basten was there representing Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Italian worldwide Astori passed away from a cardiac arrest, aged just 31, this past weekend and was found dead in his hotel room just hours before a scheduled match against Udinese.

The coffin of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori is carried into Santa Croce church ahead of a funeral service
Fans & players say goodbye to Fiorentina captain Astori

The Daily Mail reports that Venezia coach Filippo Inzaghi, Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti, former Roma star Francesco Totti and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah also attended the service.

Astori made 289 Serie A appearances and played 14 times for the national team.

Mario Balotelli has taken to social media to respond to Dani Alves' insensitive remarks regarding the death of Fiorentina skipper Davide Astori.

Inside, family members were joined by the mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, and Astori's Fiorentina teammates, as well as other top Italian footballers such as Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defender Giorgio Chiellini, whose Juventus team had taken part in an emotional minute's silence at Wembley ahead of their Champions League game against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

Fiorentina have announced they will be retiring the shirt number worn by club captain Davide Astori, who suddenly passed away on Sunday.

"Astori was a great player on and off the pitch", said Gattuso, who spend 13 years at Milan as a player.

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