Young Atalanta midfielder passed away

Young Atalanta midfielder passed away

A young player of Atalanta Andrea Rinaldi has died after suffering a brain aneurysm on Friday during training practice at home. 

19-year-old Rinaldi was a part of the Atalanta youth squad and was loaned at Serie D team Legnano this season. Italian media reports that the young midfielder died in Varese's hospital on Monday after he fell unwell on Friday and was admitted to the intensive care for three days. 

His loanee club Legnano described the death as a shocking tragedy, impossible even to imagine.

“AC Legnano, the city and the entire football universe, at all levels, today live one of their most upsetting days."

"Andrea Rinaldi, our warrior, has left us. An aneurysm snatched him in the prime of life, with a life ahead of him and with a career that promised bright goals. A sudden and shocking tragedy, impossible even to imagine."

"Always available and positive, he knew how to make himself well-liked by everyone,"  Atalanta said in a statement. 

Legnano President Giovanni Munafo spoke to the club’s official website:

“When Andrea came to training, he came first to greet me. This is a memory I will carry in my heart. "

"An extraordinary boy, an example for everyone. We are sure that Andrea, from up there, will be the usual warrior of all time, who fought in the middle of the pitch to bring the Legnano fans joy.”

Rinaldi had been with Atalanta since the age of 13, winning the U17 league title and Super Cup in 2016.  He previously spent time at Imolese and Mezzolara and made 23 appearances in the current campaign with Legnano, netting once.

"Just as on the pitch you were always the last to surrender, this time, too you tough with all your might not to fly away too soon," Atalanta said in the rest of the statement. 

Legnano published details of a funeral at Cermenate Stadium and said his number 8 will be delivered to the family with no one allowed to wear from now on. Rinaldi would have turned 20 on June 23.

Rest in peace, Andrea!


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