On today’s derby day, we wake to the tremendously sad news that former Milan player - Davide Astori has passed away at the age of 31.
Astori never made a senior league appearance for AC Milan, however there was always interest in bringing the defender into the senior fold at Milan. The co-ownership deal between the rossoneri and Cagliari always provoked speculation about a return to Milan upon it’s annual expiry and then subsequent renewal by Cagliari. This was all ended when a move to Roma came about, and then the defender moved on to Florence to sign with Fiorentina.
There are early reports that today’s lineup of games could be cancelled - as the tragic news is already sending shockwaves throughout Serie A. Certainly, Fiorentina will not be playing today, and Genoa’s game with Astori’s former club, Cagliari has been called off.
BREAKING: #Genoa v #Cagliari has been called off. A photo of Davide Astori is shown at Marassi and the crowd breaks out into a spontaneous standing ovation. #Fiorentina #SerieA https://t.co/NMapFAWlT9 pic.twitter.com/xm03HZYXjG— footballitalia (@footballitalia) March 4, 2018
31 is no age, at all. You’ll hear that a lot, and in many ways this news will ensure that we all confront our own mortality, and do what we can to enjoy our time on this earth.
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