Mario Balotelli dedicated his Italy comeback goal to Davide Astori. “I am convinced you were up there watching with my Dad.”
Astori was universally liked within the Calcio community, which has still not recovered from his sudden death on March 3 at the age of 31.
The Fiorentina captain and Azzurri defender was the first thought in Balotelli’s mind after scoring in the 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia, his return to the Nazionale after four years.
“I know it’s late and that you’re already there… but I am convinced that you were up there watching the game with my Dad today!
“This goal, even if it might not mean anything, even if it’s no use to anyone, I dedicate it to you. #forzaitalia #thankstoallofyou”