Andrea Rinaldi: Atalanta midfielder dies at 19 after suffering brain aneurysm
Andrea Rinaldi, who was on loan at Legnano from Atalanta, has passed away three days after being taken to hospital following a brain aneurysm.
Atalanta midfielder Andrea Rinaldi has died at the age of 19 after suffering a brain aneurysm while training in his garden, the Serie A club have confirmed in a statement.
Rinaldi was admitted to a hospital in Varese last Friday.
Legnano, the Serie D club where the player was on loan, described the news as "a sudden and shocking tragedy, impossible even to imagine".
Club president Giovanni Munafo said: "Andrea came to training and first came to greet me. This is a memory I will carry in my heart.
Rinaldi "an example to everyone"
We are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of AC Legnano player, Andrea Rinaldi. All our thoughts are with his family and loved ones— AC Milan (@acmilan) May 11, 2020
Apprendiamo con dolore la notizia della prematura scomparsa di Andrea Rinaldi. Il nostro pensiero va alla sua famiglia e a tutto l’AC Legnano
"[He was] an extraordinary boy, an example for everyone. On behalf of the club, I express my deepest condolences to the family."
Rinaldi joined Atalanta's youth system at the age of 13 and won the Scudetto and Supercoppa with the Under-17 side in 2016.
"That kind smile of yours will always stay alive in the hearts of those who had the good fortune to meet you," Atalanta said in a statement.
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