Juventus have paid tribute to ‘true example’ and ‘great man’ Gaetano Scirea on the 29th anniversary of his death.
Scirea was a classy defender who made almost 400 appearances for Juve between 1974 and 1988, winning seven Scudetti and a European Cup, and lifted the World Cup with Italy in 1982 during his 78-cap international career.
However, he tragically lost his life in a car crash while on a scouting mission for the Bianconeri in Poland, aged just 36.
“3 September 1989, a date that is unfortunately carved into the hearts of all Juventus fans,” the Old Lady wrote on their official website.
“It was a Sunday and Gaetano Scirea was in Poland scouting Juventus' UEFA Cup opponents, Gornik Zabrze.
“Unfortunately heavy rain there led to a terrible car accident that sadly took the life of Gaetano.
“Since that day, we are all a little poorer and the football world has lost a true example of loyalty, class, intelligence and humility, both on and off the field.
“Whilst at Juventus people simply lost the man they knew as ‘Gai’. Just like every year, today we are all together with the Scirea family to remember and honour the passing of a great man, because Gaetano is always with us.”
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