Late Fiorentina captain Davide Astori's family thank fans for support following his death

The defender died aged 31 due to a sudden illness before his club were due to play Udinese on March 4.

Football supporters from across the planet came together to pay a number of emotional tributes to the Italy international.

And now his partner Francesca and the couple's daughter Vittoria have taken out a full page advert in Italian newspaper La Nazione to show their gratitude.

They said: "Thank you from the heart. It's a simple but unique term, just like Davide was.

"Therefore, as Davide would have done, with a smile and a strong embrace, we say to you all thank you."

Astori came through the youth ranks at Serie A giants AC Milan before joining Cagliari in 2008.

The ace spent eight years with them and had loan spells with Roma and Fiorentina before joining the latter permanently in 2016.

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He wore No13 at Fiorentina, which has now been retired in his memory.

Thousands of fans and representatives from each Serie A side attended his funeral on March 8 and Fiorentina have also since announced that they are renaming their training ground after him.

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