Atalanta youth team chief Mino Favini reveals the tragedies that blighted Piermario Morosini’s brief life. “He was golden.”
The 25-year-old collapsed during today’s Pescara-Livorno Serie B match  and was owned by Udinese, but grew up in the prestigious Atalanta youth academy.
“He was golden, always trying to help his family. That was Piermario Morosini,” explained Favini.
“He grew up at Atalanta with me and I saw him playing as a very young boy. He was a fantastic lad who always rushed to help everyone. He lived for his family.
“Yet he was such an unlucky man. He lost both parents young, his brother and sister have physical handicaps. His little brother recently killed himself by jumping out of a window. He had the most unfortunate life.
“Udinese signed him from us and he was very talented. He had a strong career, was respected by all his teammates. Everywhere he went, people spoke highly of him. He had a heart of gold.”
Former Vicenza teammate Raffaele Schiavi, now a defender at Padova, posted a picture of Morosini’s smiling face on Twitter.
“Despite the many family problems he had, Moro always had a smile on his face and never let those issues come through. It’s how I want to remember him.”