MILAN: Former Italian football star Gianluca Vialli has died today at the age of 58 after battling pancreatic cancer since 2017.
Vialli, who has worn the jerseys of Juventus, Chelsea and Sampdoria, tried to get treatment for his disease in 2018, however, the diagnosis was made again in December 2021 and the cancer came back to haunt him.
Despite struggling with a dangerous illness, Vialli is still brave enough to play an important role in driving Italy’s squad to win the Euro 2020 Championship as an assistant coach to his old friend, Roberto Mancini.
Vialli had to resign from his position as head of delegation for the national team because he wanted to fully focus on the treatment process of his illness.
When Vialli was a player, the former striker spent eight seasons with Samdporia and won Serie A and the European Championship before deciding to join Juventus in 1992 for a then record transfer fee of 16.5 million euros.
He won the European Champions League with Juventus and then moved to Stamford Bridge in 1996, and then took over as manager of the club from Ruud Gullit in 1998.
The president of the Italian Football Association, Gabriele Gravina, expressed his condolences on the passing of a jewel that once colored the country’s football.
“Vialli was an extraordinary person and he left a void that no one can replace,” explained Gavina.
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