Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and captain Gianluigi Buffon were also in attendance, as were defender Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli after they flew straight from London following their Champions League victory over Tottenham. Balotelli attended the ceremony along with Marco van Basten, Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti, Javier Zanetti, and former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
The Italy worldwide defender died at the age of 31 on Saturday after a sudden illness. "Football is the most popular sport but also the one that has to give special signs at this time". You always spoke with your heart, keeping us united - inciting us older players and indicating the way to the youngsters.
"It's very hard during the match because we have to think of the game and our opponents".
"[Thursday] will be an even harder day for us, as we will go to say goodbye to our friend, who has passed away - a teammate we spent time with", he told Mediaset. On Instagram, Buffon wrote: "You were the best expression of an old-fashioned world".
All of Sunday's seven Serie A games were postponed as a result and tributes from across the footballing world poured in for the defender, who won 14 caps for Italy.
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The Italian worldwide leaves behind long-term wife Francesca Fioretti and their two-year-old daughter Vittoria.
"You're not like others, you are football, the real one, the pure one of children".
Fiorentina and Cagliari will retire the number 13 shirt worn by defender Davide Astori after the Italy global died of a sudden illness over the weekend at the age of 31. "This news really hurt me and it's very hard in this moment to find the right words for the family".