Florentina have extended their deal with former skipper, Davide Astori who passed away in his hotel room on 4 March 2018. Astori was found lifeless ahead of the Florentina against Udinese clash.
Fans of Florentina (Viola) and football lovers around the world celebrated the club for it’s class act when the president of the Italian Olympic committee and Serie A overseer, Giovanni Malago applauded the initiative of club owners (Delle Valle family) while announcing exactly what the club has done.
The former captain was on the brink of penning down a new deal worth 1.1 million Euros, but the tragedy came in, to completely marre the contract extension.
However, the club released on social media on March 31 that the deal would go through so his wife, Francesca and 2-year-old daughter would continue collecting the fallen heroes wages.
As a player Astori was just that sublime defender with exceptional leadership qualities, together with a well carved body structure that made it easy for him to cleanly disposes opponents as neat as you’d like.
All that was needed along side watching the 6 foot 2 tower of brilliance was a glass of wine and a soft coach as he always looked to have something off his sleeves that frustrated attackers.
Astori played 109 games scoring 3 for Florentina, and with the national side he made 14 appearances from 2011 to 2017 scoring 4 goals and winning the silver medal in the FIFA confederations cup, Brazil. In total Astori played 378 games and scored in 8 occasions, in a career that was cut prematurely by a cardiac arrest, confirmed by an autopsy conducted two days after his death.
The Italian played for over 7 clubs and died at 31. The gesture speaks volumes. With the signing of the new contract, Astori is not only for ever in the hearts of Florentina fans, but forever in their midst.