Love messages exchanged by Italy internationals Francesco Totti and Luca Toni have been shared on social media, as well as a photo of them kissing.
Francesco was reportedly one of three women who were on a private jet with him when he died, along with his wife.
A source told ESPN that the two men were “extremely close friends and were extremely happy.”
Luca is a former Italy player who has also been linked to Juventus.
A friend told Sport Italia that Francesco and Lucas “were like brothers and had a strong friendship.”
They met when Francesco joined Juve from Fiorentina in 2005 and played together until the end of the season.
The pair are best known for their friendship, but they are also known for each other’s charitable work.
Francesc’s wife of seven years, Lourdes, is currently pregnant with their second child.
Franceso’s friends shared the love messages on Instagram.
Franceschi was born in Rome in 1983 and played in the Serie A from 2008-2012, but his career spanned three continents and he spent time in England, France, Germany and Spain.
He was also an assistant to Francesco in England and Spain and was a player for the Italian national team.
Franceschetti has also played for Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Roma.