Former Italy World Cup-winner Paolo Rossi has died aged 64, Italian TV channel RAI Sport has said.

Enrico Varriale, a presenter at the station where Rossi had been working as a pundit, shared the news on Twitter early on Thursday morning.

"Paolo Rossi left us. Unforgettable Pablito, who made us all fall in love in that summer of '82 and who has been a precious and competent workmate at RAI in recent years. Rip dear Paolo," he said.

The former Juventus and AC Milan forward was instrumental in Italy's 1982 World Cup victory, scoring the opening goal of the 3-1 final victory over West Germany, as well as a hat-trick against Brazil earlier in the tournament.

His selection in that Italy squad for Spain '82 came after a two-year ban for a match-fixing scandal and was initially criticised by pundits, who wrote him off as out of shape, before Rossi went on to win the golden boot and best player awards.

At club level, he also won two Serie A titles and helped Juventus claim the 1985 European Cup.

Tributes were led by his wife, Federica Cappelletti, who shared a photo of the pair on Instagram with the caption "Per sempre" ("forever").

Former Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni who coached him at Juventus, tweeted, "Farewell, Paolo. The players should never pass away before the coaches." 

Former Germany and Bayern Munich manager Jurgen Klinsmann also paid his respects on Twitter, writing: "Dear Pablito, we always remember you!"