Fiorentina Set Up €1.5 Million Trust Fund For Davide Astori's Family

Just over a year ago, the footballing world was met with the awful news that Fiorentina captain Davide Astori had passed away after suffering a heart attack in his hotel room in Udine as the team were preparing for the Serie A game with Udinese.

Astori was taken from us far too soon and the Viola will never forget what he did for them. They retired the No.13 shirt he wore and announced they would name their training ground after him.

But in addition to that, Fiorentina have also been looking after his girlfriend Francesca and two-year old daughter Vittoria.

As per Football Italia, the club's financial accounts for 2018 show that they have a donated €1.5 million to his family through a trust fund they set up.

In October, Astori's widow paid a heartbreaking tribute to him and was open about her grief.

"We had lived beautiful days together. I can not accept that he went away like this," she told Corriere della Sera, via Calcio Mercato.

"It was not an accident, it was a disease. It seemed like a bad story, it was the end of all the projects we had done together, the dreams, desires.

"In one of those boxes there is a piggy-shaped piggy bank that I made. Only that there David and I did not put the money but some sheets with our wishes and our memories. We never opened it, maybe Vittoria will do it, maybe she will choose an important day for her."

Astori's former teammates will never forget him, with Cristiano Biraghi honoured his former captain after scoring a last-minute winner for the Azzurri against Poland in October.

As his teammates surrounded and piled on top of him, Biraghi looked up to the sky, and with his fingers, did the gesture of the number '13'.

Biraghi also spoke about his fallen friend after the game saying how it is thanks to Astori that he's playing for his country.

"Astori is a part of me, like all my Fiorentina teammates and all those who played with him," the Italy hero told Rai Sport, via Football Italia.

"Having faced him in person, he made the biggest impact on us. The dedication for my goal goes to him because it's thanks to him that I'm here. He taught me so much."

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