Legend Gianluca Vialli dies at 58
Previous Juventus, Chelsea and Italy striker Gianluca Vialli has has died of pancreatic disease, his previous clubs reported on Friday.
Vialli was diagnosed of cancer in 2017 yet was as yet ready to assume a critical part in Italy’s European title-winning effort in 2021 helping long-lasting Sampdoria strike accomplice and public coach Roberto Mancini.
Nonetheless, the signs were bad when he declared a brief leave from his job with the national team in December to zero in on his wellbeing.
Vialli burned through eight seasons at Genoa-based Sampdoria prior to joining Juventus in 1992 for a then world record 16.5 million euros.
He won the champions league with Juventus prior to joining Chelsea in 1996 and becoming player-manager in 1998.
Vialli took over from the fired Ruud Gullit late in the season, and proceeded to lead Chelsea to triumph in the League Cup, UEFA Cup Victors’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
He additionally directed Chelsea to triumph in the 2000 FA Cup final however was sacked in the accompanying season.
Chelsea’s current co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said in a statement: “This is truly an awful day for Chelsea Football Club. Gianluca’s legend will live on at Stamford Bridge.
“His impact as a player, a coach and most importantly as a person, will be forever written across our club’s history.” Sampdoria, where Vialli came out on top for the Serie A cup and European Cup Victors’ Cup, said in their explanation “We have come a long way together, growing and searching, winning and dreaming. You came as a boy, we salute you as a man.”
Vialli played multiple times for Italy, having scored 16 goals.
The Italian football league (FIGC) said brief’s quietness would be held before all matches in the country this end of the week.” Gianluca was a wonderful person and leaves an unbridgeable void, in the national team and in all those who appreciated his extraordinary human qualities,” it said.