Italy lifted the UEFA Euro 2020 trophy, and captain Giorgio Chiellini dedicated the victory to former Italian defender Davide Astori, who died in his sleep prior to Fiorentina’s match against Udinese. Chiellini also dedicated the EURO 2020 victory to President Sergio Mattarella, and the millions of Italians around the world.
The 36-year-old spoke at the Quirinale in the presence of President of the Republic Mattarella. “Dear President, allow me to thank you on behalf of myself and the team. Your presence was an important gesture. We wanted to dedicate the win to you and the millions of Italians in the world who have never made us feel alone, accompanying us on the journey.”
“We extend the dedication to Davide Astori, we would have liked to have him here with us, he is always present in the thoughts and hearts of those who met him. This is a group that has never lost heart, even in difficulties, supporting each other and putting the interest of the team before the individual.”
“If we are here today, it’s not only for an extra penalty scored, but because we transformed by sharing our friendship, one of the most beautiful feelings in life. Matteo [Berrettini], in recent weeks you made us dream, we cheered as if you were a teammate. Don’t stop. This bond made us feel like brothers of Italy, ready for it all and for the call of the country we love.”
The Italian national team returned to Rome after winning the European Championship. The team showed off the trophy they had won as they stepped off the plane. Defender Giorgio Chiellini was spotted wearing a crown. The national team then rode the bus back out to the fans with the trophy.
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