Atalanta midfielder, Andrea Rinaldi has died at the age of 19 after he suffered from a brain aneurysm.
The youngster, who had been observing the national lockdown due to the Covid19 was training at home when he reportedly became severely ill on Friday.
Rinaldi, who was on loan from Atalanta at Italian fourth division side Legnano, was taken to a hospital in Varese, where he died on Monday.
Confirming his death, Atalanta said in a statement: ‘Just as on the pitch, you were always the last to surrender, this time too you fought with all your might not to fly away too soon – but that kind smile of yours will always remain alive in the hearts of those who had the good fortune to meet you.’
Legnano also paid an emotional tribute to Rinaldi, who they described as a ‘warrior’and legend”
‘ AC Legnano, the city and the entire football universe, at all levels, today live one of their most upsetting days,’ the statement began.
Andrea Rinaldi, our warrior, has left us. An aneurysm snatched him in an trinkle of eye , with a life ahead of him and with a career that promised bright goals. A sudden and shocking tragedy, impossible even to imagine.’
The club chairman Giovanni Munafo described Rinaldi as an ‘extraordinary boy’ who had a ‘warrior’and hero spirit”.
‘When Andrea came to training, he came first to greet me. This is a memory I will carry in my heart,’ Munafo said, via Goal.
‘An extraordinary boy, an example for everyone. On behalf of the club, I express my deepest condolences.