Milan Captain and Italy International Leonardo Bonucci uploaded an emotional Instagram post to remember his friend Davide Astori.
Astori passed away in his sleep last night, aged just 31, and the world of Italian football is mourning the loss of a beloved figure. The Fiorentina Captain was capped 14 times by the Azzurri and played alongside Bonucci since 2011 for the National Team.
The Rossoneri Captain uploaded a photo to Instagram and wrote an emotional caption.
“Ciao Grande Asto,
“That’s what I called you when we’d meet, for a game that saw us as opponents or for a Nazionale get-together. A smile, an embrace – one of the real ones – a person who was fair, honest and humble. How many times we laughed, joked and celebrated together. How many chats at the table sat side-by-side, or along the corridor that at Coverciano takes us to the bedrooms, on the pitch, or in the rooms.
“’Come on Leo, do a sweeping pass like only you know how’ was what you kept repeating to me during tactical training sessions. With that smile that never ended and that made it clear how much goodness there was within you.
“You have gone to play football up there and you’ll do it with the same big smile. The smile you always had.”