Fiorentina legend, Batistuta, pens moving letter to Davide Astori

Fans and players say goodbye to Fiorentina captain Astori

Members of the Juventus squad that beat Tottenham on Wednesday night were in attendance, including Italy's national team captain Gianluigi Buffon.

At his funeral, former AC Milan goal-machine Filippo Inzaghi, 44, was there along with ex-Inter star Javier Zanetti, 44.

Following the funeral for Astori on Thursday, the Fiorentina players will now have to regroup ahead of their clash against Benevento, as they look to remain in the top half of the league.

Juve and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, who was superb against Spurs, dedicated the victory to his global teammate.

"I cried many times. We would like to continue to smile in our heart".

"If we go to London with the spirit we showed in the second half, then we can get a result". We are all in a hard moment, and we would have gladly postponed the game.

In an Instagram tribute following Astori's death, Buffon wrote: "Your little girl, deserves to know that her father was in all respects a flawless person".

"You're not like others, you are football, the real one, the pure one of children".

The Italian global leaves behind long-term wife Francesca Fioretti and their two-year-old daughter Vittoria.

"You were one of the best sporting figures in which I came across".

"You were the son and the brother that everyone would like to have", said Fiorentina's vice captain Milan Badelj. Both his current side and former team Cagliari have retired the number "13" shirt in his honour, Italian league games were postponed out of respect, and matches played across Europe this week were preceded with a minute of silence. "This news really hurt me and it's very hard in this moment to find the right words for the family". I didn't know Davide personally, but my Fiorentina friends had always drawn a splendid picture of him.

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