May 11, 2020 / 3:52 PM / 2 months ago

Atalanta youth team player Rinaldi dies after suffering aneurysm

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Group C - Atalanta v Shakhtar Donetsk - San Siro, Milan, Italy - October 1, 2019 General view of merchandise for sale at a vendor outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Atalanta youth team player Andrea Rinaldi, who was on loan at Serie D side Legnano, died on Monday after suffering an aneurysm, the two clubs said.

“Andrea Rinaldi, our warrior, has left us,” said Legnano’s statement. “An aneurysm snatched him in the prime of life, with a life ahead of him and with a career that promised bright goals. A sudden and shocking tragedy, impossible even to imagine.”

Legnano said 19-year-old Rinaldi, who had made 23 appearances since joining the club on loan in August, was taken ill on Friday. Italian media said he suffered a brain aneurysm and died in hospital.

Rinaldi joined Atalanta’s youth academy at the age of 13 and made 35 appearances for the under-17 team, although he had yet to make his senior team debut. He also played for third tier Imolese and fourth tier Mezzolara on loan.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris

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