Tuesday February 23 2021
Atalanta youngster Willy Ta Bi died of cancer

After a long battle against cancer, Atalanta youngster Willy Ta Bi passed away at the age of 21 this morning.

The former Primavera champion from Ivory Coast died of a tumour that had attacked the liver.

In recent months, the young midfielder had returned to his homeland.

“President Antonio Precassi and the whole Atalanta family are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Willy Braciano Ta Bi,” the club wrote in a statement.

“A cruel destiny interrupted a dream that began with the Nerazzurri shirt in January 2019 too soon.

“He only needed a few months to carve out a leading role in the Primavera and help bring the Scudetto back to Bergamo, but above all to leave a great memory.”