League leaders Juventus will be going for victory against Cesena today to honour the memory of Andrea Fortunato.
The 24-year-old, a promising left-back, died on this day in 1995 when he sadly lost his battle against leukaemia.
The club’s website remembers the Italian international by recalling the words of Gianluca Vialli at the boy’s funeral.
“We believed you to be invincible,” he emotionally stated.
“In these 11 months you were an example for us, for how you dealt with true problems – not those to do with winning and losing – with courage and calmness, strength and determination.
“We loved you and will keep you in our hearts. Honour to you, our brother Andrea Fortunato.”
Current Juve boss Antonio Conte was also a teammate of Fortunato.
“Conte will have an additional reason to spur his men on to success in Cesena this evening,” the Old Lady’s website continued.
“A success in memory of the unforgettable Andrea Fortunato. Forever in our hearts.”
Juventus signed the former Como and Pisa man from Genoa in the summer of 1993.