Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

The funeral of Davide Astori is taking place in Florence on Thursday

The funeral of Davide Astori is taking place in Florence on Thursday

Astori tragically passed away last weekend from a suspected cardiac arrest as Fiorentina prepared for their league match against Udinese, sending the world of football into shock and a flood of tributes for the Italian from fellow players, clubs and football supporters from across the world.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was present less than 24 hours after captaining Juventus to victory over Tottenham in the Champions League at Wembley, along with several of his team-mates and coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Indeed, as the Captain was carried out of the church in his coffin with a guard of honour formed by children from the youth sector, the fans raised their scarves aloft and let off a myriad of flares as they sang their anthem in unison. He leaves behind his partner and two-year-old daughter.

Among the stars who travelled to Florence for the Fiorentina captain's funeral were Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon.

Chiellini after the match said: "We dedicate the win to him".

Fiorentina players were the first to arrive
Fiorentina players were the first to arrive

Today the Bandiere were there in Santa Croce once again, however this time they would represent Florence for a much more sombre occasion. On Sunday Buffon addressed the infant in an eloquent Instagram post saying that she "deserves to know that her father was in all respects a ideal person, a great flawless person".

"You were one of the best sporting figures in which I came across".

Astori's funeral took place in Florence today and an estimated crowd of 8,000 mourners gathered outside the Santa Croce basilica to pay their respects.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves has apologised on Twitter for comments he made about the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori. "When the awful news of the death of our captain arrived, I had the same reaction you all did: I was shocked, without words".

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