Serie A

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.

Andrea Rinaldi: Atalanta midfielder dies at 19 after suffering 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"

"[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.