Thousands Gather In Florence For Astori's Funeral

Champions League to honour Astori with moments of silence this week 
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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri (l) and defender Giorgio Chiellini (r) were in Florence hours after their Champions League win over Tottenham at WembleyJuventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, who was in tears during a minute's silence for Astori at Wembley on Wednesday night, was in attendance along with team-mates and manager Massimiliano Allegri.Speaking after Juve's Champions League victory, Chiellini said: "We dedicate the win to him".

All Serie A games were postponed on Sunday, and both Fiorentina and Astori's previous club Cagliari announced they would retire the defender's number 13 shirt.

Today thousands came out to grieve and pay tribute to the former Fiorentina captain, including teammate Milan Badelj who delivered quite the eulogy at the funeral.

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"I think that Davide has done what he owed in this chaotic world and that now he is in a better world". You are the son and brother that everyone wants to have, you are the best teammate that a boy can dream of having when you begin this attractive game.

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"Astori, by the way, was a good guy, polite, and I can say that because I played with him for the Nazionale". Having you at our side makes us feel safe, thinking, "it's okay because Davide is here".

"How can we forget your laughter, your sense of humour?" You [as a] "world famous designer and footballer in your free time", as you loved to define yourself. You're not like others, you are football, the real one, the pure one of children.

"Our thoughts go to your family, to Francesca and to princess Victoria". It will be the task of those around her to tell her who her father was, Davide, a Man with a capital M.

I will finish with an anecdote.

"In the morning, in the physiotherapy room, you were always to turn on the light". You are this for all of us; you are light.

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