Paolo Rossi Award: Cristiano Ronaldo to be the first recipient
Cristiano Ronaldo will be the first player to get the ‘Paolo Rossi Award’ after scoring 29 goals for Juventus in Serie A last season.
Paolo Rossi, the Italy legend and 1982 Ballon d’Or award winner, died in December 2020 at the age of 64. It was a sad day for the entire soccer community and fans around the world.
Rossi is popularly recognised for his heroics in front of goal which helped Italy to win the 1982 World Cup and also for his part in Giovanni Trapattoni’s all-conquering Juventus side in the eighties. He still remains a true legend of the sport to date
Calciomercato verified that the Italian Footballers Association (IFA) have formally chosen to rename the top Serie A goal-scorer award in honour of the late legend. This means that starting this year the name of the award will officially be the “Paolo Rossi Award”, to honour his status as one of the best forwards of his generation.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be the first recipient of the “Paolo Rossi Award” for being the Portugal icon who ended the 2020/21 campaign as Serie A’s highest goalscorer with 29 goals. Notwithstanding Juventus’ poor campaign, Cristiano Ronaldo was at his usual brilliant self in front of goal. He will be officially recognised by the AIC as the first recipient of the award.
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