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At the age of 58, Gianluca Vialli, an ex-Italy striker, dies

Gianluca Vialli, a striker for Juventus, Chelsea, and Italy, passed away on Friday at the age of 58 from pancreatic cancer, according to Sampdoria, his former club. Gianluca Vialli was also a striker for Juventus, Chelsea, and Italy. Although Vialli received a cancer diagnosis in 2017.

He was still able to assist Roberto Mancini, Visalli’s longtime strike partner and national coach, in Italy’s 2021 European Championship title-winning campaign. However, when he announced in December that he would be taking a short break from his position with the national team to focus on his health, the signs were not encouraging.

Before signing with Juventus in 1992 for a then-world record sum of 16.5 million euros, Vialli played for Genoa-based Sampdoria for eight seasons. Before joining Chelsea in 1996 and becoming manager in 1998, he won the Champions League with Juventus. Late in the season, Vialli took over for the fired Ruud Gullit and led Chelsea to victories in the League Cup.

UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and UEFA Super Cup. Additionally, he led Chelsea to victory in the FA Cup final in 2000, but he was fired the following season. In a statement, Chelsea’s current co-owners, Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali stated: Chelsea Football Club is truly having a terrible day today. The legend of Gianluca will endure at Stamford Bridge.

“His influence as a player, as a coach, and most importantly, as a person will be written forever into the history of our club,” the statement reads. In their statement, Sampdoria, where Vialli won the Serie A title and the European Cup Winners’ Cup, stated. Together, we have made significant progress through growth, exploration, victory, and aspiration.

We salute you as a man because you came as a boy. “Your 141 goals, your backhands, your cashmere jerseys, your earring, your platinum blonde hair. Your Ultras bomber will never be forgotten by us.” We gave you a lot, and you gave us a lot. Yes, it was unending love on both sides. a love that will never die with you today.”

Vialli made 59 appearances for Italy and scored 16 goals. A moment of silence would be observed prior to each of Italy’s upcoming matches, according to the FIGC. “Gianluca was a wonderful person and leaves an unbridgeable void. In the national team and in all those who appreciated his extraordinary human qualities,” according to the statement.

Villa’s former Liverpool captain and Sampdoria teammate, Graeme Souness, described him as “a gorgeous soul.” “It was a pleasure to be around him. Souness described him as “such a fun-loving guy, full of mischief, wonderful football player, and a warm human being.” “They will be right to say things about his magnificent football ability. But what a human being he is above all.”

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