8,000 fans lit flares and sang football chants at a funeral to say a ‘last ciao’ to dead Fiorentina captain Davide Astori

Davide Astori’s funeral. Getty Images
  • Some of the best footballers on the planet attended Davide Astori’s funeral to give the 31-year-old “the last ciao.”
  • 8,000 fans chanted songs and lit flares when the coffin was carried out of the church after the service in Florence, Italy.
  • Astori was found dead in his hotel room before a Serie A league football game earlier this month.

Some of the best footballers on the planet joined 8,000 Fiorentina football fans to give “the last ciao” to Davide Astori, the Italian defender who died earlier this month.

Astori was found dead in his hotel room before a Serie A league match against Udinese on March 4. An autopsy confirmed the 31-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest and died in his sleep.

The news sent shockwaves through the football industry with all Serie A and Serie B games postponed on the day of his death. Italy international Astori captained club team Fiorentina, who retired the number 13 shirt in his honour.

And the player’s funeral was just as emotional.

Thousands of fans sang chants, lit flares, and joined famous football professionals like Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, and former Italy striker Filippo Inzaghi in paying their respects throughout the funeral service at the Santa Croce basilica in Florence, Italy on March 8.

Gianluigi Buffon
A teary-eyed Gianluigi Buffon acknowledges the fan support. Getty Images

According to the BBC, the crowd sang: “There’s only one captain,” while Astori’s coffin was carried out of the church.

Fans also lit flares that produced a sea of dense purple smoke, the primary colour of the Fiorentina football kit.

You can hear the deafening chants in this video:

Giorgio Chiellini flew to Florence to help give Astori “the last ciao” just one day after helping Juventus beat Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. He told BT Sport that he cried many times. Chiellini said: “He was a fantastic player. It’s not easy but he’s always in our hearts.”

Astori, who leaves a wife and a two-year-old daughter, will be buried in Bergamo, north-east Milan.

David Astori
Fiorentina player Davide Astori with the captain’s armband. Getty Images