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It was a sad day in the history of world football. Davide Astori tragically passed away on March 4, ahead of the club's Serie A match against Udinese
The club have since retired the number 13 jersey in tribute to the former Italy international, and have renamed their training ground after Astori, who would have been 32-years-old today.
Many have paid tribute to Astori since his death, including former teammate Vitor Hugo, who dedicated Fiorentina's first goal since Astori's death with a touching tribute.
A banner outside Fiorentina's stadium reads:- Chloe Beresford (@ChloeJBeresford) January 7, 2019
"Always with us, Happy Birthday Captain" in recognition of what would have been Davide Astori's birthday.
Photo courtesy of Indipendenti on Facebook pic.twitter.com/IVjBtboUOt
Happy birthday to a man, a father, a captain, and a king. From on the pitch to off of it you were an inspiration to everyone. You were confident, courageous, and a phenomenal talent. Happy birthday Davide, you're missed everyday and you're forever in our hearts :purple_heart: Forza Astori :purple_heart: pic.twitter.com/K85uLsvyg0- Julia :purple_heart: (@Jjvillz) January 7, 2019
Today would have been Davide Astori's 32nd birthday.- Goal (@goal) January 7, 2019
RIP :rose::purple_heart: pic.twitter.com/F5l9Vscekf
In the first game after Astori's death, an emotional atmosphere surrounded Stadio Artemio Franchi with the club and supporters paying a beautiful tribute to their captain.
The players and staff wore shirts with his name and number printed during the warm-up, and both sets of teams observed an impeccable minute silence prior to kick-off.
Once the game was underway, Fiorentina continued to pay respect by holding another tribute in the 13th minute.
Vitor Hugo celebrates his goal by holding up a shirt with Davide Astori on it. :purple_heart: pic.twitter.com/62bnSY434i- Raffaele (@ItalianoCalcio) March 11, 2018
Vitor Hugo then opened the scoring in the 25th minute with an incredible header, and Fiorentina immediately dedicated the goal to Astori.
The scorer went over to the touchline, held up a shirt then saluted him.
That one was for Davide :purple_heart:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 11, 2018
Vitor Hugo opens the scoring and salutes Astori.
The whole Fiorentina team celebrated with him :purple_heart: pic.twitter.com/1rAj3mB1a8
Happy Birthday, Davide.
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