A moving story coming out of Italy this morning - midfielder Daniele de Rossi placed his World Cup winners' medal in the coffin of recently deceased Italy kitman Pietro Lombardi.
The 92-year-old passed away earlier this week, and De Rossi has given special permission to miss training and attend the funeral of the man known as ‘Spazzolini’, which translates as 'toothbrush' because he cleaned the players' boots so well.
Lombardi was Italy's kitman for their famous 2006 World Cup win against France, and now De Rossi has paid him the ultimate compliment.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Roma midfielder had previously promised Lombardi that he'd give him his winners' medal when the time came, and true to his word he did so this week.
Italy legend Francesco Totti also paid tribute to the kitman in his personal blog this week; a testament to the well-liked Lombardi's impact on the Italian national team during his career.
According to Gazzetta, De Rossi is known for his idealistic streak and refuses to move closer to Roma's training ground in order to live in solitude near the river Tiber.
The 32-year-old couldn't give his former kitman a gift on the pitch last week as Roma were dumped out of the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid at the last-16 stage.
Next up for the Giallorossi is a showdown against Inter Milan which could have an impact at the top of Serie A. Roma are currently third, eight points behind leaders Juventus while Inter are five points back from Luciano Spalletti's side as they seek Champions League qualification.
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