Atalanta prospect Andrea Rinaldi has died after a three-day fight following an aneurysm, his loan club confirmed on Monday.
Rinaldi, 19, collapsed while training remotely and doctors were unable to help him.
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A center midfielder, Rinaldi scored once and added an assist in 25 matches between Coppa Serie D and league play.
Rinaldi had been at Atalanta since 13, winning the Under-17 league title and Super Cup in 2016. He had been on loan from Atalanta since August.
There’s a glowing and emotional write-up from ACLegnano.it:
“We could write pages and pages to tell who this golden boy was, exemplary in life and play. Never a word and a tone out of place, never a protest and a controversy, always and only fairness, commitment, education, and respect. Values transmitted by a magnificent family around which we must all huddle to try and instill courage and strength in front of something too abnormal to ba accepted, elaborated, and understood in rational terms.”
“In one year he played as a midfielder showing speed and dynamism that baffled the opposing defenses. An unmistakable midfield moped. We will all remember the goal he scored in his native Carate in December and which gave Legnano a fundamental victory. We want to remind you of Andrea and not say goodbye: Run and play up there for your Legnano, we will always have you in our hearts.”
His parent club also issued a statement on his passing, below:
— Atalanta B.C. (@Atalanta_BC) May 11, 2020