WATCH: Touching Tribute to Tragic Fiorentina Captain David Astori


The football world is still in mourning for tragic Italian footballer David Astori, who tragically passed away aged 31 on Sunday.

This emotional video shows the kind of skills that made Astori one of Italy’s most enduring leaders.

Fiorentina players attended the memorial for the former Italian international at the gates of the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, before heading back to train ahead of Sunday’s clash against Benevento.

He was set to sign a new four-year contract on Monday and, in an amazing gesture, Fiorentina have decided to honour his new contract by agreeing to pay his full contract to his wife and daughters.

Astori was found dead in his hotel room before the Viola’s clash against Udinese. He is thought to have suffered a fatal cardiac arrest in his sleep.

Players hung up banners and posters of the esteemed centre-back, while flowers were laid out outside the ground.

A shirt was also pinned up in his honour, with his ex-team-mates all signing the jersey as they paid their respect to the 14-cap international.

Fiorentina have honoured the former Roma player by retiring his number 13 shirt.

Astori was born in Bergamo and played for local team Pontisola before joining AC Milan in 2006.

Two years later he moved to Cagliari – the club where he would make his name. The centre-back would go on to make 174 appearances in Sardinia, and earn his first Italy cap against Ukraine in 2011.

A year later, out of loyalty to Cagliari, he turned down a bumper £12m move to Spartak Moscow. Around the same time, he was scouted as a long-term replacement for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic by then-Man. Utd boss David Moyes.

In 2014, Astori agreed a season-long loan to Roma for £1.8m and the Giallorossi paid a further £4.5m to make the deal permanent. But a day before the transfer was set to go through, he instead agreed a new contract with Cagliari.

A loan to current club Fiorentina was then agreed with an obligation to buy. Astori went on to make 78 appearances for the club.