'Far too young': 19-year-old footballer dies in 'shocking' quarantine tragedy

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Andrea Rinaldi, pictured here posing for a photo with Atalanta.
Andrea Rinaldi died after suffering a brain aneurysm while training at home. Image: Atalanta

Andrea Rinaldi, a midfielder with Serie A club Atalanta, has died after suffering an aneurysm. He was 19.

Rinaldi was part of the youth setup with Atalanta but had been spending this season on loan at Serie D side Legnano, which confirmed the cause of his death on Friday.

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“Andrea fought for three days after the illness that hit him,” Legnano said in a statement.

“An aneurysm snatched him out of life in the prime of his life, with a life ahead and with a career that promised bright goals.

“A sudden and shocking tragedy, impossible even to imagine.”

The club called him “a golden boy” who was “exemplary in life and play.”

Andrea Rinaldi, pictured here in action for Atalanta BC in the U17 Serie A Final in 2017.
Andrea Rinaldi in action for Atalanta BC in the U17 Serie A Final in 2017. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

He had 23 appearances this season with one goal.

“Never a word and a tone out of place, never a protest and a controversy, always and only fairness, commitment, education and respect,” the club wrote in an English translation.

Rinaldi was training at his home due to coronavirus restrictions on Friday when he fell ill and was taken to a hospital in Varese.

“Always available and positive, he knew how to make himself well-liked by everyone,” Atalanta said.

“Just as on the pitch you were always the last to surrender, this time too you fought with all your might not to fly away too soon.

“But that kind smile of yours will always remain alive in the hearts of those who have had the good fortune to meet you.”

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Legnano announced details of a funeral at Cermenate Stadium and said his No. 8 will be delivered to the family with no one allowed to wear it in the future.

Rinaldi would have turned 20 on June 23.

Rinaldi came through the academy system with Atalanta, beginning with the club at the age of 13.

He was a part of the title-winning Scudetto and the Supercoppa Italiana teams in 2016.

He was on loan to Imolese in Serie C and Mezzolara in the Italian fourth tier prior to his time with Legnano.

Players and fans, including Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne, gave their condolences to the family.

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