Rossi scored a total of 20 goals for the Italian national team from 1977-1986, with his performances in the latter stages of the '82 World Cup placing him into Italian folklore.
After his heroics at the 1982 World Cup, Rossi enjoyed his most prolific spell with Juve, where he formed a formidable partnership with Michel Platini and Zbigniew Boniek.
Italy's third World Cup title, and first since the 1930s, owed everything to Rossi, who won the Golden Boot for top-scoring with six goals, the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player, and that year's Ballon d'Or.
Rossi, who was a Juventus player in 1982, became a worldwide celebrity and he was the star attraction when the "Bianconeri" toured Australia two years later.
Former Italy World Cup-winning forward Paolo Rossi has died aged 64.
There Rossi came alive, scoring a hat-trick against Brazil as the Italians won 3-2 and made it to the semi finals.
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"Football and Italy mourns Paolo Rossi", headlined the Gazzetta dello Sport, as La Stampa called him the "hero of Spain '82".
Together with Roberto Baggio and Christian Vieri, he holds the record for "azurro" goals in the World Cup, with 9 each.
"That goal, more than any other goal I've ever scored, completely defined my characteristics", Rossi told a Federation Internationale de Football Association documentary in 2018. "The World Cup was over".
His ban was reduced to two years, by which time he had been signed by the Turin club Juventus, allowing Italy Manager Enzo Bearzot to include him in his 1982 World Cup squad.
As a result, Rossi missed out on the 1980 European Championship, where Italy finished fourth on home soil.
The following season Vicenza challenged Juventus for the league title and Rossi finished the season as top Serie A scorer with 24 goals. In his career as a professional footballer, Rossi added 340 games and 134 goals. State-run RAI television, where Rossi worked as a sportscaster, said he had been diagnosed with an incurable illness.