Fiorentina legend, Batistuta, pens moving letter to Davide Astori

The coffin leaves Basilica di Santa Croce as Fiorentina fans let off violet flares and hold their club colours high in tribute to their captain

Numerous biggest names in Italian football were present to pay homage to Astori, including his Fiorentina teammates, and Italy and Juventus legends Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini, who had just beaten Tottenham in Wembley Stadium to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League the previous night.

Astori leaves a wife and a two-year-old daughter.

Juventus 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. "He is always in our heart", Chiellini said after the 2-1 win over Tottenham.

The coffin of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori is carried into Santa Croce church ahead of a funeral service in Florence Italy
The coffin of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori is carried into Santa Croce church ahead of a funeral service in Florence Italy

Today the Bandiere were there in Santa Croce once again, however this time they would represent Florence for a much more sombre occasion. "He was a fantastic player".

According to the BBC, the crowd sang: "There's only one captain", while Astori's coffin was carried out of the church.

"You were the son and the brother that everyone would like to have", the Croatian said.

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"It's very hard during the match because we have to think of the game, of the opponents, and it's not easy".

"Your parents didn't make any mistake with you, not even the tiniest bit. You were football pure, the football of children".

Our thoughts go to your mother, father, Bruno, Marco, Francesca and Princess Victoria. You were a man with a capital M and we will tell her.

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His body was found only minutes before the teams were to kick off, prompting the postponement of all matches across Italy. "You are the light for all of us".

Fiorentina scarves and banners were held aloft, branded with messages of love: "Per Sempre Nostro Capitano" - "Forever our captain".

Many dignitaries and former teammates were at the funeral, including Giuseppe Rossi, who plays for Genoa, and Borja Valero and Matias Vecino, who play for Inter Milan.

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The sudden death of the 31-year-old who captained his club has sparked an outpouring of grief in football-mad Italy.

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